But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. — 1 Thess 5:21 NET
I count this thing to be grandly true,
That a noble deed is a step toward God;
Lifting the soul from the common clod
To a purer air and a broader view.
We rise by the things that are under our feet,
By what we have mastered of good or gain,
By the pride deposed and the passion slain,
And the vanquished ills that we hourly meet.
— Richard Watson Gilder.
No Apostle of Liberty much to my heart ever found I;
License each for himself, this was at bottom their want.
Liberator of many! first dare to be Servant of many;
What a business is that, would’st thou know it, go try!
Gracious Father, if I may be beginning this day with an unclean purpose in my heart, help me to clear it away; if I may be trying to avoid some urgent duty, make me ashamed to resist it. Keep away the desires that harm my life, and that withhold the enjoyment of my common work. Amen.
Daily Prayer Guide - August 14
Public domain content taken from Leaves of Life by Margaret Bird Steinmetz.