None of this is original -- some of it I have been carrying around tucked in my Bible for years -- but it gives me "good chills" every time I read it again.
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.
Giving when you feel like keeping
Praying for others when you need to be prayer for
Feeding others when your own soul is hungry
Living truth before people even when you don’t see results
Hurting with other people when your own soul is hurting
Keeping your word even when it is not convenient
Being faithful when your flesh wants to run away.
A Posture of Active Resistance
What is resistance?
Resistance is when we row against the tide of the culture and refuse to adopt evil practices just because the majority of people around us appear to be adopting them.
Resistance is when we do the right thing, solely because it is the right thing to do. (Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone.)
Resistance is refusing to go along with those who invite us to participate in activities that bring no glory to God and are contrary to His commandments.
Resistance is saying no to offers of drugs and other harmful substances.
Resistance is holding the line for a good cause.
Resistance is first and foremost a firm decision to engage in the struggle against evil, rather than turning away, backing off, or retreating from the devil’s attack.
AMEN AND AMEN -- LORD LET IT EVER BE