"It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching."
- Francis of Assisi
The online scriptorium of author and pastor Matthew Burden
I'm taking a week off from the blog for the holiday, so new posts will resume on Monday, Nov. 30. If you'd like to follow along with my family and our church in the meantime, you can check out our calls to prayer (short, encouraging videos posted each evening) at facebook.com/calaisbaptist. Happy Thanksgiving!
- lines derived from No. 536 & 539 of the Augustine Hymn Book, 19th century
Bless, O Lord, the work I must do this week.
It feels too much for me.
But it is not too much for you.
"If we would exercise a true fortitude, we must do all in the spirit of devotion, be valiant against the corruptions of the world, the lusts of the flesh, and the temptations of the devil. For to be daring and courageous against these enemies is the noblest bravery that a human mind is capable of."
- William Law, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life
- William Cowper, "The Future Peace and Glory of the Church," (vv.1, 3), Olney Hymns
Some wisdom from the ancient Stoic philosophers, on how to deal with unfair criticism:"Does another do me wrong? Let him look to it. The disposition was his and the activity was his." - Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5:25
"If you learn that someone is speaking ill of you, don't try to defend yourself against the rumors; respond instead with, 'Yes, and he doesn't know the half of it, because he could have said much more!'" - Epictetus, Enchiridion 33:9
"Remember from now on whenever something tends to make you unhappy, draw on this principle: 'This is no misfortune; but bearing with it bravely is a blessing.'" - Epictetus, Fragment 28b