your attention upon yourself and beware of judging the deeds of other men, for
in judging others a man labours vainly, often makes mistakes, and easily sins;
whereas, in judging and taking stock of himself he does something that is always
frequently judge that things are as we wish them to be, for through personal
feeling true perspective is easily lost.
God were the sole object of our desire, we should not be disturbed so easily by
opposition to our opinions. But often something lurks within or happens from
without to draw us along with it.
unawares, seek themselves in the things they do. They seem even to enjoy peace
of mind when things happen according to their wish and liking, but if otherwise
than they desire, they are soon disturbed and saddened. Differences of feeling
and opinion often divide friends and acquaintances, even those who are religious
old habit is hard to break, and no one is willing to be led farther than he can
you rely more upon your intelligence or industry than upon the virtue of
submission to Jesus Christ, you will hardly, and in any case slowly, become an
enlightened man. God wants us to be