Tuesday, October 22, 2013

But it is the Master's Way

'Instead of complaining, rather let us conceal the fatigue, give a kind answer instead of the quick retort that springs to our lips, and instead of half expecting someone to coddle us and smooth things out for our comfort, forget ourselves, and lend a willing hand.... No, it is not easy, but it is the Master's way.'

(from Fervorinos From the Lips of the Master, compiled by a Religious, Pelligrini, Australia, 1940, p. 123)

Painting:  William Adolphe Bouguereau, At the Fountain, 1897


  1. Boy, did I need to hear that this morning! That was like a cold bucket of water to the face! I'm ready to tackle my day! And my favorite painter too--he does the best hands and feet!

    1. Isn't he an amazing painter? He's one of my favorites too (I have so many!). And the quote affected me in much the same way, especially as I was coming into a few days of headache (it's that "allergic time of year"). Thank you, Jamie!

  2. Nancy, I found this gem tonight. But I'll apply it first think in the morning..LOL +

  3. I like that painting. Particularly how the little girl is so little and humble, kneeling on the ground waiting for water to be poured into her mouth. It's like what we have to do so much, I think. Just kneel and cry out for help and wait. We could never help ourselves to the living water that God offers us, but we can cry out and wait for Him to help us and trust Him to pour it out into our hearts (and miss our noses).