Little Things

If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?—JEREMIAH.

A WISE man once said, "Faithfulness in great things is a very small thing, but faithfulness in small things is a very great thing." Lord Beaconsfield's definition of genius as an infinite capacity for taking pains, was in the same line of thought, and it is obvious that the only road to success in any walk of life is through perseverance, patient attention to detail, and a refusal to accept defeat. It has been generally supposed, however, that the realm of religious thought and action lies quite apart from such methods, in a region of sentiment, with which reason has very little to do, and so insidiously has this separation of his religious from his secular life grown into the thought of the ordinary mortal, that—unless he is a thinker—he is either quite oblivious of all such matters, or blissfully unaware that his daily conduct, while theoretically actuated by the highest spiritual motives, is in reality far more influenced by the prevailing bank rate or the price of mutton.

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An Answer to Criticisms
August 18, 1906

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