We are told that “no man liveth unto himself.” There is a circle of influence about our lives that af­fects every other life that we touch. We brighten or darken the lives about us. Every unkind word or look makes a shadow on some life. Every slighting remark, every sarcastic fling, every contemptuous smile puts a cloud over somebody’s sun. Lack of appreciation has darkened many a life. How much better it would be to take away the clouds, to banish the gloom! You can do this just as easily as you can bring clouds. It is just as easy to speak kind words as to speak un­kind ones, and you will feel much better over it your­self. You can encourage and help, you can speak words of appreciation. When people please, you let them know it. When people do well, or even when they try to do well and fail, you can show that you appreciate their efforts. You can be cheerful and cour­teous and kind. That will make sunshine for others. There are enough clouds in life, at best, in this world of sorrow. Be a sunshine-bearer. Drop a little good cheer into every life you touch. No matter what you are by nature, you can form the habit of being cheer­ful and encouraging. Even when you have heavy bur­dens yourself, you can be encouraging and helpful to others. ⁠
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Do not let your troubles be mirrored on your face. One’s face can smile and his words can be cheery, if his own heart does ache. I am not writing a mere theory. I know what pain and gloom and heaviness are. I know what burdens are. During the first few months of my illness, everyone knew how I felt. My face told the story without words. I finally saw that that would not do and deliberately set to work to get the gloom out of my face and out of my words. You who read what I write know something of my suc­cess. You can do the same.⁠
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A faithful minister had labored for years for souls. He had been successful; he had been a blessing to many. One day a certain person spoke of him, half jestingly, in a manner that aroused the suspicions of some others who were present. These suspicions grew until they became whispers, and the whispers grew until they became open charges. The minister could not prove them to be false. They hindered his labors. They bowed down his head with sorrow. Someone had put a cloud over his sun and over his name and for years the dark shadow of it rested upon his life. ⁠
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How easy it is to put a cloud over someone’s sun, to make some life dark that might have been bright! It may seem only a little thing, but sometimes a little cloud can make a dark shadow. We may not see ei­ther the cloud or the shadow, but the heart that is darkened both sees and feels. How many times par­ents, by unkind words or actions, becloud their children’s sky! One way in which parents do this is by telling the faults of their children to visitors, in the presence of the children. There is scarcely any­thing more disheartening to a child than this. He feels humiliated and hurt. He feels, and justly feels, that he has been mistreated. It sinks down into his soul and rankles there. It discourages him, and if it is often repeated he comes not to care if he is at fault. Constant reproof and faultfinding make a child’s life gloomy and sad. That is not the way to cure faults; it is the way to make them worse.⁠
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After the Lord called me to His work, I endured some great soul conflicts. In them, I suffered inex­pressibly. I almost despaired at times, but I look back upon those things now as being the things that made me understand the human heart, that gave me a broader sympathy—and have since enabled me to en­ter into the sorrows and needs of others, to minister comfort and help as I could not otherwise have done. Those early sufferings unlocked a thousand myster­ies and enriched not only my own life but also the lives of others. Endure these things with patience, for out of them will come to you that which is more precious than gold. If you do not suffer, you can be of little use to those who do suffer. The promise is, “If we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him.” ⁠
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Abraham suffered in that one supreme sacrifice, but his example of faithfulness in the test has en­riched millions of souls. Job suffered not only physi­cal agony but the keenest and deepest of spiritual agony, yet that suffering was only an opportunity for God to manifest His mercy and kindness. How much Job learned of God by enduring through these dark days, and how much the world has learned! If we should take out of the Bible the record of suffering and its results that are written there, we should take out of it all that is best and noblest and most help­ful and encouraging. How much poorer we should be if the sacred record told only of joy and peace and comfort, if it spoke only of victory and achievement and told us nothing of the hard road that leads up to them! If the Lord chastises us, it is “for our profit;” if God smites, it is only to enrich; so bear with patience, endure as seeing Him who is invisible. Be “patient in tribulation,” drink the cup of your Gethsemane, wear your thorny crown without complaint, endure your Calvary; for unto you is given both to suffer and to reign with Him.⁠
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We know in reality only what we know by experi­ence. Those who would be instruments in God’s hands to help others must often have a preparatory train­ing course in the school of sufferings; how else could they know how to help others? Brother, sister, has God called you to do a work for Him? If so, you need not marvel if He lets the rod of pain be laid upon you. If you have hindrances which seem to shut up the way before you, if you have trials that you cannot understand, if you have disappointments and per­plexities, if you have spiritual conflicts that threaten to overwhelm you, do not think it strange. How can you teach others how to bear such things if you have not borne them? How can you know the way out for others if you have never gone that way? How can you teach others to look for the blessings in these things if you have not their fruitage in your own life? Those who have suffered most can enter most into the suf­ferings of others. ⁠
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The successful worker will find that the strength and wisdom that bring him success was the gift of pain, and had not pain brought him strength and knowledge success could not now be his. Likewise sometimes we must suffer for others if we would save them. So if you would be a worker for God and know how to enter truly into the sorrows and needs of oth­ers, you must yourself drink the bitter cup and feel the chastening rod. ⁠
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There is nothing that brings Christ so close to men as His sufferings; there is nothing that makes men trust in Him so much as the story of those last days. If that story were taken from the pages of the Bible what would Christ be to us? Only a great teacher whose morality was high and wonderful, though to us unattainable. But with this record added, He be­comes a Savior and makes His righteousness attain­able by us all. Had He not suffered, He could not have brought us to God. How much poorer we should be today without the story of Gethsemane and Cal­vary, without knowing that “it pleased the Lord to bruise him.” Out of His sighs and tears and groans has flowed into our hearts a fountain of joy and love and tenderness whereby we have been enriched, and the angels of God have been caused to sing a song for joy! ⁠
If God was pleased to bruise His own beloved Son, need we marvel if He is sometimes pleased to bruise us? If we are sometimes bowed down with grief, if anguish takes hold upon us, if the sky grows dark above us, and if God seems to have turned away, is it any proof that He no longer loves us? Is it not only the proof that God sees something to be accomplished that can be accomplished in no other way, and He is pleased for the sake of that gain to let us suffer? The things that are worthwhile come through pain. Joy does not make us stronger nor bring us nearer God, nor does it refine, ennoble, or enrich us. The pure gold comes from the fire only, and the tempered steel also must have passed through the flame. God would have us pure as gold and as strong as steel, and to have us so He cannot spare the flame. We must pass through the furnace of affliction. We are told that God “...doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” Lamentations 3:33. It is only that something may come out of it that will be better and more blessed than could have been without it. ⁠
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Sometimes we have wilderness periods in our lives, when God lets us be shut up in a corner, as it were, and do the little things that do not seem to count. But they count on us, if they do not count anywhere else. There is one thing—and just one— that stands out above all other things in the hu­man life and that is faithfulness. No matter what our life may be, nor where we may be, nor what is our situation, if we are just faithful, it is sure to count and to count a great deal. That is one thing that you can do; you can be faithful to the Lord. You can do what He wants you to do. You can live pure, holy, undefiled and keep shining every day, no matter what the circumstances may be. Just remember to keep shining. That is the thing that counts. Keep living clean and as God wants you to live. If you do this, He will know where He can find somebody who is faith­ful when He wants something else done. But ever keep this before you; there is no greater nor more necessary work in the world than putting the truth of God into visible form in a pure and quiet life.⁠
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When Moses was at Pharaoh’s court, I suppose he thought that he was doing something really worth­while. He amounted to something there. But when the Lord let him be driven, or rather frightened away from that court and he went out into the wilderness, I suppose he thought his occupation there was hardly worthwhile. Why, what was he doing anyway? Just taking care of the sheep, leading them out in the morning to the pasture, bringing them back to the fold at night, seven days in the week—just doing this and nothing more. I suppose it did not look very big to Moses, but it did to God. God thought it worth so much that He kept him at that work for forty years. Then Moses, at the age of eighty, when it looked as if he were about done with this world, was called to go to do something for the Lord. That forty years in the wilderness counted now. It had given him experience that helped to quality him for the work to which God had called him. He came out of there worthwhile be­cause he had done something worthwhile in those years. He had learned about God—oh, so many things he had learned! And now he was ready to put that knowledge into practice. ⁠
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Just simply living salvation before people—yes, that is what counts, and it counts more than any­thing else. That is one of the very greatest things that an individual has ever done in this world. Talk is cheap, and many people can talk all day and say scarcely anything either. Some people can sway great crowds by their eloquence, they can accomplish won­derful things, but still they cannot live salvation, or at least, they do not. There is no power so great in this world as the simple power of a holy, quiet life. ⁠
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If all God’s people could learn this lesson—if they could learn that it really counts just simply to live right, just simply to be an ordinary, everyday Chris­tian; if they could once get that thoroughly fixed in their minds and hearts—it would glorify their lives. It would exalt the common service, it would shed a halo over their lives, and they would not feel discouraged. ⁠
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