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Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Legacy of a Holy Life

We can no more develop spiritual powers without use and exercise than we can the physical. There is no virtue in being patient if our patience is never tried; cheerful, if we are not tempted to be gloomy. It is the little words we speak, the little thought we think, the little thing we do or leave undone, the little moments we waste or use wisely, the little temptations, which we yield to or overcome—the little things of every day that make or mar our future life.

Of course, we shall fail sometimes, but we must see to it that we rise from every fall with a renewed spirit and stronger will, determined to win a blessing from every foe. Be peaceful and joyous; consecrate the simplest duties of every day; fill your life with earnest endeavour and perfect trust, and no matter how narrow and painful it may seem to you, when it is ended, you will look back with wonder at the influence for good your quiet example and cheerful spirit have been, and realise also that you have won no small victory; while in failing to reach your possibilities, you injure others. Remember there is no legacy like the example of a holy life.

Light on the Hidden Way, Ticknor & Company, Boston, 1886