Teach us, Good Lord

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Teach us, Good Lord,
To serve Thee as Thou deservest:
To give and not to count the cost,
To fight and not to heed the wounds,
To toil and not to seek for rest
To labor and not to seek for reward
Save that of knowing
that we do Thy will.

–Ignatius of Loyola

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No Reason to Quit

blank square233081 copyWe need not despair
even in our worst…
our failures are forgiven…
[the] only fatal thing
is to sit down content
with anything less
than perfection.
      –C. S. Lewis

Keep on going

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Your life is short,
your duties many,
your assistance great,
and your reward sure;
therefore faint not,
hold on and hold up,
in ways of well-doing,
and heaven shall
make amends
for all.

–Thomas Brooks

 

Not an easy road

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No amount of falls will really undo us if we keep on picking ourselves up each time. We shall of course be very muddy and tattered by the time we reach home, but the bathrooms are all ready, the towels put out, and the clean clothes in the airing cupboard. The only fatal thing is to lose one’s temper and give it up. It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us: it is the very sign of His presence.

–C. S. Lewis

Continuing to climb

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Those on the heights
Are not the souls
Who never erred nor went astray,
Who trod unswerving
To their goals
Along a smooth, rose-bordered way.
Nay, those who stand
Where first comes dawn,
Are those who stumbled–
but went on.

-J. Sidlow Baxter
Explore the Book

Photo credit: HARRY BERKING

Tenacity

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No half-heartedness
and no worldly fear
must turn us aside
from following
the light
unflinchingly.

–J. R. R. Tolkien

Brief journey

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Faint not;
the miles to heaven
are but few
and short.

–Samuel Rutherford

It’s worth fighting for

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Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

― J.R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers

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