The Smile

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows along like a song;
But the man worth-while
is the man who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong!

For the test of the heart is trouble,
(And it always comes with the years,)
And the smile which is worth
the praise of the earth
Is the smile that comes through the tears.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

See From the Heart

Some murmur when their sky is clear,
And wholly bright in view,
If one small speck of dark appear
In their great, heaven of blue;

And some, with thankful love are filled,
If but one streak of light,
One ray of God’s good mercy,
Gild the darkness of their night!

— R. C. Trench

God’s Beauty!

Power is God’s hand or arm,
omniscience is God’s eye,
mercy is God’s delight,
eternity is God’s duration,
but holiness is God’s beauty!

— Stephen Charnock

My Purpose

My object is to lead the mind…
from SELF — to Jesus;
from SIN — to salvation;
from the troubles of life — to the comforts of the gospel.

My aim is…
to humble the sinner‚ and exalt the Savior;
to strip the creature — and place the crown
on the head of God’s free grace!
I cannot ascribe too much to Jesus — or too little to man!

— James Smith