Faith Moment
January 26, 2015
No Vain Endeavor

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)

“Did you ever hear of a man who had striven all his life faithfully and singly toward an object and in no measure obtained it? If a man constantly aspires, is he not elevated? Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them—that it was a vain endeavor?”

Henry David Thoreau

“Do right, and God’s recompense to you will be the power of doing more right. Give, and God’s reward to you will be the spirit of giving more: a blessed spirit, for it is the Spirit of God himself, whose Life is the blessedness of giving. Love, and God will pay you with the capacity of more love; for love is Heaven—love is God within you.”

F. W. Robertson

Mary Wilder Tileston lived between the mid-19th century and the mid-20th century. Very little is known about her, except that she spent a lifetime collecting and assembling great religious quotations from the ages. None of her “writings” contained her words. Before Google and computers, Mary clipped and preserved these writings from famous men and women—prose, poetry, prayers, and hymns. She carefully organized and blended them with Scripture. And then she published them. The references quoted above are from her book, Daily Strength for Daily Needs (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1928, page 156). I invite you to read these quotes several times and then pray with me:

Heavenly Father, sometimes I feel that I am running in place and going nowhere. Sometimes I feel that the work I do in your name is a waste. Then I read these writings and am reminded that what I am doing is not in vain, but in fact is ordained by you. You have chosen my tasks for me and me for my tasks. You have closed and opened doors so often that I can’t even remember where and when. So I pause today to thank you for allowing me to speak and work and write and labor in your name. How blessed I am to be called your child. In the strong Name of Jesus I pray. Amen.

With Love,

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