Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hope on...

I was first exposed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, like most I suppose, through oft anthologized essays such as "Self-Reliance." Over more years than I like to remember I have wrestled with RWE. As I have gotten older, the older more pragmatic Emerson holds greater appeal. I am also, however, starting to read some of his young man sermons with profit. This from a sermon on Matthew 25: 23, "Thou hast been faithful over a few things..."

"Christianity despises nothing because it is small, provided only that it is according to your ability. It says be not discouraged if you find more difficulties in your path to heaven, than in first ardour of youthful resolution, you anticipated. You have aimed at great conquests with too much confidence in yourself, and are dispirited now by apparent failure. Hope on. Be thankful with growing better by small and almost imperceptible acquisitions, only see too it that you husband them well...

My friends, I wish the words of Jesus might prevail with us to direct a new attention and a greater respect to the improvement of our characters by small degrees. What is biggest is made up of minute parts...

Besides, there is no such thing as a small virtue. Virtue is always great, and to the least action which it inspires, it imparts something of grandeur."



Robin Edgar said...

"Over more years than I like to remember I have wrestled with RWE."

Aren't you glad that you have never had to wrestle with TEA aka The Emerson Avenger Boston Unitarian? ;-)

Robin Edgar said...

Ta from TEA for (somewhat belatedly) posting that comment Boston Unitarian.

Is it too early to wish you and your's a happy Thanksgiving?

Best Regards,

Robin Edgar aka The Emerson Avenger ;-)

WVC = partion as in "Party on!" perhaps.