It is a higher exhibition of Christian manliness to be able to bear trouble than to get rid of it.
Thy way, not mine, O Lord, however dark it be; lead me by thine own hand; choose out the path for me.
Trust in God, as Moses did, let the way be ever so dark; and it shall come to pass that your life at last shall surpass even your longing. Not, it may be, in the line of that longing, that shall be as it pleaseth God; but the glory is as sure as the grace, and the most ancient heavens are not more sure than that.
Submission to God is the only balm that can heal the wounds he gives.
Remember you are but an actor in a drama of such sort as the author chooses.—If it be his pleasure that you should act a poor man, see that you act it well; or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen. For this is your business, to act well the given part; but to choose it belongs to another.
There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things thine own, but to commit all to God.
Demand not that events should happen as you wish, but wish them to happen as they do, and you will go on well.
O Lord, I do most cheerfully commit all unto Thee.
It is not where we have gathered up our brighter hopes, that the dawn of happiness breaks. It is not where we have glanced our eye with affright, that we find the deadliest gloom. What should this teach us? To bow to the great and only source of light, and live humbly and with confiding resignation.
No cloud can overshadow a true Christian but his faith will discern a rainbow upon it.
We cannot conquer fate and necessity yet we can yield to them in such a manner as to be greater than if we could.
Let God do with me what He will, anything He will; and, whatever it be, it will be either heaven itself, or some beginning of it.
It were no virtue to bear calamities if we do not feel them.
How calmly do those glide through all, even the roughest events, who can but make a right estimate of the happiness as well as the virtue of a governable will, resigned to the will of God.—It was a philosophical maxim, that a wise moral man could not be injured, or miserable. But it is much more true of him who has that divine wisdom of Christian resignation, which twines and enwraps all his choices with God's; and is neither at the pains nor the hazards of his own election, but is secure, unless omniscience can be deceived and omnipotence defeated, that he shall have what is really best for him.
All we have is the Almighty's, and shall not God have his own when he calls for it?
"My will, not thine, be done," turned paradise into a desert. "Thy will, not mine, be done," turned the desert into a paradise, and made Gethsemane the gate of heaven.
Every man has his chain and clog, only it is looser and lighter to one than to another; and he is more at ease who takes it up and carries it than he who drags it.
Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.
All the precepts of Christianity agree to teach and command us to moderate our passions, to temper our affections toward all things below; to be thankful for the possession, and patient under the loss whenever he that gave shall see fit to take away.
Vulgar minds refuse to crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.
Resignation is the courage of Christian sorrow.
Whate'er my doom, it cannot be unhappy, for God has given me the boon of resignation.