Friday, October 11, 2013

"Temperament we are born with, character we have to make..."

Does He not see my ways,
And count all my steps?
Job 31:4

For as his share is who goes down into the battle, so shall his share be who stays by the baggage. They shall share alike.”
1 Samuel 30:24

Take my life, and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my hands, and let them move at the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet, and let them be swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my will, and make it Thine; it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be Thy royal throne.
Take my love, my Lord, I pour at Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be ever, only, all for Thee.

Temperament we are born with, character we have to make; and that not in the grand moments when the eyes of men or of angels are visibly upon us, but in the daily, quiet paths of pilgrimage, when the work is being done within in secret which will be revealed in the daylight of eternity. Habits, like paths, are the result of constant actions. It is the multitude of daily footsteps which go to and fro which shapes them. Let it light up your daily wanderings to know that there, —in the quiet bracing of the soul to uncongenial duty, the patient bearing of unwelcome burdens, the loving acceptance of unlovely companionship, — and not on the grand occasions, you are making your eternal future. It is the multitude of little actions which makes the great ones.

 Our common, everyday lives are the means God implies by which we shall build our Christian lives. A farm or an office are not places to make crops or money, but men.  All the little things about our daily toil are the framework and scaffolding of our spiritual life. 

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