God left the world unfinished for man to work his skill upon. He left the electricity still in the cloud, the oil still in the earth. How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to Him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven.
Topics: God, Adversity
Few delights can equal the mere presence of one whom we trust utterly.
The seed dies into a new life, and so does man.
You can’t live on amusement. It is the froth on water—an inch deep and then the mud.
Division has done more to hide Christ from the view of all men than all the infidelity that has ever been spoken.
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when to-morrow’s burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
Topics: Worry, Anticipation, Difficulties, The Future, Tomorrow
God never gave a man a thing to do, concerning which it were irreverent to ponder how the Son of God would have done it.
One thing is clear to me, that no indulgence of passion destroys the spiritual nature so much as respectable selfishness.
If, instead of a gem or even a flower, we could cast the gift of a lovely thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
Topics: Gifts, Thought, Friendship
Progress is the real cure for an over estimate of ourselves.
Trust to God to weave your thread into the great web, though the pattern shows it not yet.
The hell that a lie would keep a man from, is doubtless the very best place for him to go.
Beauty and sadness always go together.
Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth
Upon the earth without a meet alloy.
One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it.
There are many things in which one and the other loses; but if it is essential to any transaction that only one side shall gain, the thing is not of G0d.
It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given.—For the morrow we are told to trust.—It is not ours yet.
Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.
This is a sane, wholesome, practical, working faith: That it is a man’s business to do the will of God; second, that God himself takes on the care of that man; and third, that therefore that man ought never to be afraid of anything.
But for money and the need of it, there would not be half the friendship in the world. It is powerful for good if divinely used. Give it plenty of air and it is sweet as the hawthorn; shut it up and it cankers and breeds worms.
Free will is not the liberty to do whatever one likes, but the power of doing whatever one sees ought to be done, even in the very face of otherwise overwhelming impulse. There lies freedom, indeed.
Topics: Freedom, Liberty, Society
God’s thoughts, his will, his love, his judgments are all man’s home. To think his thoughts, to choose his will, to love his loves, to judge his judgments, and thus to know that he is in us, is to be at home.
There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.
I could never draw the line between meanness and dishonesty.—What is mean, so far as I can see, slides by indistinguishable gradations into what is dishonest.
Alas! how easily things go wrong; a sigh too much or a kiss too long, and there follows a mist and a weeping rain, and life is never the same again.
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