Purpose

O give me the joy of living
And some glorious work to do
A spirit of thanksgiving
With loyal heart and true
Some pathway to make the brighter
Where tired feet now stray
Some burden to make lighter
While ‘tis day:
In the fields of the Master gleaning
May my hands and heart be strong
May I know life’s deepest meaning
May I sing life’s sweetest song:
With some faithful friends to love me
May I always do my best
And at last with heaven above me
Let me rest.
— From an old Reward of Merit Card

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Live, Don’t Just Exist
Whatever your situation, live, don’t exist. In any living situation we can follow these suggestions offered by someone for making life more that an existence:

Do more than exist; live.
Do more than touch; feel.
Do more than look; observe.
Do more than read; absorb.
Do more than hear; listen.
Do more than listen; understand.
Do more than think; ponder.
Do more than talk; say something.
Do more than meet people; love them.
Do more than pity; help.
Do more than live and let live; live and help live.
Do more than offer advice; pray.
Do more than claim Christ; obey.

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Live, Don’t Just Exist
Whatever your situation, live, don’t exist. In any living situation we can follow these suggestions offered by someone for making life more that an existence:

Do more than exist; live.
Do more than touch; feel.
Do more than look; observe.
Do more than read; absorb.
Do more than hear; listen.
Do more than listen; understand.
Do more than think; ponder.
Do more than talk; say something.
Do more than meet people; love them.
Do more than pity; help.
Do more than live and let live; live and help live.
Do more than offer advice; pray.
Do more than claim Christ; obey.

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Count That Day Lost
If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find one self-denying deed,
One word that eased the heart of him who heard;
One glance most kind, that fell like sunshine where it went–
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay–
If, through it all you’ve nothing done that you can trae
That brought the sunshine to one face–
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost–
Then count that day as worse than lost.
— George Eliot

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Say NotThey DieThose Splendid Souls
Say not, they die, those splendid souls,
Whose life is winged with purpose fine;
Who leave us, pointed to the goals;
Who learn to conquer and resign.
Such cannot die; they vanquish time,
And fill the world with glowing light,
Making the human life sublime
With memories of their secret might.
They cannot die whose lives are part
Of the great life that is to be;
Whose hearts beat with the world’s great heart,
And throb with its high intensity.
Those souls are great, who, dying, gave
A gift of greater life to man;
Death stands abashed before the brave;
They own a life death cannot ban.
Anonymous

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Not In Vain
If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain:

If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
Emily Dickinson

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Count That Day Lost
If you sit down at set of sun
And count the acts that you have done,
And, counting, find one self-denying deed,
One word that eased the heart of him who heard;
One glance most kind, that fell like sunshine where it went–
Then you may count that day well spent.

But if, through all the livelong day,
You’ve cheered no heart, by yea or nay–
If, through it all you’ve nothing done that you can trae
That brought the sunshine to one face–
No act most small
That helped some soul and nothing cost–
Then count that day as worse than lost.
— George Eliot

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No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
– Charles Dickens

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Live, Don’t Just Exist
Whatever your situation, live, don’t exist. In any living situation we can follow these suggestions offered by someone for making life more that an existence:

Do more than exist; live.
Do more than touch; feel.
Do more than look; observe.
Do more than read; absorb.
Do more than hear; listen.
Do more than listen; understand.
Do more than think; ponder.
Do more than talk; say something.
Do more than meet people; love them.
Do more than pity; help.
Do more than live and let live; live and help live.
Do more than offer advice; pray.
Do more than claim Christ; obey.