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McLaren of Manchester, Then again there is the burden of responsibility , which each has to bear for himself. A dozen soldiers may be turned out to make a firing party to shoot the mutineer; and no man knows who fired the shot, but one man did fire it. And although there may have been companions, it was his rifle that carried the bullet, and his finger that pulled the trigger. Gladstone sometimes so far yielded to his colleagues as to sanction steps which he thought not the best, and may in this have sometimes erred; yet compromises are unavoidable, for no Cabinet could be kept together if its members did not now and then, in matters not essential, yield to one another.
But it will also be made clear that he strove to obey his conscience, that he acted with an ever-present sense of his responsibility to the Almighty, and that he was animated by an unselfish enthusiasm for humanity, enlightenment, and freedom. Bryce, Studies in Contemporary Biography, The effects of our evil deeds come back to roost; and they never make a mistake as to where they should alight. If I have sown, I, and no one else, will gather. Though they may be slow-footed, they have sure noses and deep-mouthed fangs. Better, far, far better for him to have cut off the right hand, or plucked out the right eye, than to have been cast as he has been, now in his lifetime—and as he will be cast until he repents, even beyond the grave, into that Gehenna of aeonian fire!
It shall purify him, God grant, in due time; but oh! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so shall their root be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
Farrar, Life of Dean Farrar, The burdens grow with the growing life of man, so that the more the man has the more he has to carry; the severer the test of what he is in himself, of his conscience and heart, his sympathy and will, his faith and love. The boy strong, agile, without work and without want, is as free from care as a frisky kitten. The man solitary, without friend or home or responsibility, carries all his cares under his hat, and the thinner his life, the less there is of anxiety.
But the father of a family is the bond of the house, the support of wife and children, and must bear himself erect under the cares of the home, of business, of parish, and of State. Add life, and you add care.
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Enlarge your world, and you increase your burdens. All strong emotions, all really great ideas, outleap our individual life, and carry us to the larger, deeper, fuller life of the world. Therefore the greatest life is the most burdened, and the saintliest soul feels the mystery and greatness of human life most of all.
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Do we attract them, or are we attracted by them? Do we mould them, or do they mould us? Are they always unerring in their course? Why do they come to us like the bee to the hive, like the dove to the cote; and where do they find a resting-place when we are not there to meet them? Whence is it that they come to us; and why are they shaped in our image, as though they were our brothers? Are their workings in the past or in the future; and are the more powerful of them those that are no longer, or those that are not yet? Is it to-day or tomorrow that moulds us?
Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass? I have noticed the same grave gestures, the footsteps that seemed to tend towards a goal that was all too near, the presentiments that chilled the blood, the fixed, immovable look—I have noticed all these in the men, even, whose end was to come about by accident, the men on whom death would suddenly seize from without.
And yet were they as eager as their brethren, who bore the seeds of death within them. Their faces were the same. To them, too, life was fraught with more seriousness than to those who were to live their full span. The same careful, silent watchfulness marked their actions. They had no time to lose; they had to be in readiness at the same hour; so completely had this event, which no prophet could have foretold, become the very life of their life.
Maeterlinck, The Treasure of the Humble, Beyond, the Infinite on every side Holds what no man may know, though all may guess. Earth, that is next to nothing in the sum Of things created—a brief mote in space, With all her aeons past and yet to come. How we miscalculate our size—our place! Yet are we men—details of the design, Set to our course, like circling sun and star; Mortal, infinitesimal, yet divine Of that divine which made us what we are.
And yet this world, this microscopic ball, This cast-up grain of sand upon the shore, This trivial shred and atom of the ALL, Is still our Trust, that we must answer for. A lighthouse in the Infinite, with lamps That we must trim and feed until we die; A lonely outpost of the unseen camps That we must keep, although we know not why. Maker of all! Armstrong tried to get people to see: Your life is of infinitely more value than you realize.
That can be true even of us in the Church. We too can sell ourselves short and limit God. They will only be greater in the Kingdom. Not mediocre things—great things! This is the opposite problem—having too high an opinion of yourself. It is a problem common to carnal man. Because our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! Jeremiah We are very skilled at deceit —all we have to do is not use the Holy Spirit!
Just be you, be natural, and you will find yourself quickly becoming an expert at fooling yourself and other people. This is what comes from the heart of human beings—deceit. Only if we are honest with ourselves about this can we begin to do something about it. Self-pity essentially comes from being self-oriented and self-deceived. This can really be another form of self-righteousness.
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When we strip the blinders off, we realize there is no reason to feel persecuted or fixate on our problems. The simple truth is, in many cases we brought that trial on ourselves —and we can take steps to solve it. And truthfully, there are many others with much worse problems. Truthfully, our blessings outweigh our problems.
Truthfully, we know God has a purpose for every trial—there is a bigger picture. Truthfully, that trial is nothing compared to the reward waiting for us when we overcome. You will have clear grasp of your weaknesses. Being totally honest with yourself also means not whispering through life with a lack of godly confidence.
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It means recognizing how important you are to God, and embracing His exalted purpose for you. It means wrapping your life around the vision of the future He is offering you. Being honest with yourself also helps you to be an overcomer.
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Being honest means changing. Moving on. Real honesty is the antidote for complacency. It can be a powerful motivator. If you sweep problems under the rug, they will only come back. Being honest with yourself requires you to confront problems as they arise. We all have to be overcomers. Are we really overcoming, or are we kidding ourselves into thinking we are? God wants us to get real.
Look at Mr. He picked up steam the older he got.
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He demanded more of himself all the time. And from the time he was about age 85 to the end of his life in his 94th year was the most productive time of his life! Self-honesty also puts you at peace—it enables you to live with yourself.