Leaves of Life
Daily Inspiration by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
• Gustavus Adolphus born 1594.
• Horatio Bonar born 1808.
• F. Delsarte born 1811.
• Mary A. Livermore born 1820.
• J. M. W. Turner died 1851.
If a man is to be a pillar in the temple of his God by and by, he must be some kind of a prop in God's house to-day. We are here to support, not to be supported. No one can be a living stone on the foundations of the Spiritual House which is God's habitation without being a foundation to the stones above him.
Since trifles make the sum of human things,
And half our misery from our foibles springs;
Since life's best joys consist in peace and ease,
O let th' ungentle spirit learn from hence,
A small unkindness is a great offense.
He that overcometh I will make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more.
—Revelation 3. 12.
My Father, grant that I may not deceive myself and expect big results from little efforts; nor be willing to receive assistance and refuse my support. May I not only be anxious to give others all that I can, and share their burdens, but may I be glad to help make fewer burdens for others to bear. Amen.