"Build it well, whate'er you do;
Build it straight, and strong, and true;
Build it clear, and high, and broad:
Build it for the eye of God.”
Some people have a great deal of trouble looking after their rights, seeing that
no one wrongs them, that they always get proper honour and attention from
others, and that no injustice is ever done to them. We hear echoes of this human striving breaking out from the heart of certain great and splendid pageants, where the grand participants contend for precedence in rank, for degree of nobility, at the table or in the procession. We find it in much lowlier places, in society, and in the common walks, in the clamour for the highest distinction or for honour among men. We are spared all such trouble if we have this law of serving deep in our hearts. Our only care then is that we do not ourselves wrong others, even if they have treated us unjustly or unkindly.
Life does not come to us in lifetimes; it comes only a day at a time. Even tomorrow is never ours till it becomes today, and we have nothing whatever to do with it, but to pass down to it a fair and good inheritance in today’s work well done and today’s life well lived.
It is a blessed secret, this of living by the day. Any one can carry his burden, however heavy, till nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Any one can live sweetly, quietly, patiently, lovingly, and purely till the sun goes down. And this is all that life really ever means to us — just one little day. “Do today’s duty, fight today’s temptation, and do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.” God gives us nights to shut down the curtain of darkness on our little days. We cannot see beyond, and we ought not to try to see beyond. Short horizons make life easier,and give us one of the blessed secrets of brave, true, holy living.
~J.R. Miller, Secrets of a Beautiful Life 1908