Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sunday Devotions - Desiderata

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! Matthew 25:21

Are you familiar with the Desiderata? I came across this poem when I was in college. Although it's not biblical in nature, I've always felt it always had some wonderful messages without any wasted words. With all the conflict in the world I've always felt everyone should have the opportunity to meditate on the messages the Desiderata has to share.


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrenderbe on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly;and listen to others,even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons,they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter;for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.

Keep interested in your own career, however humble;it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
 Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Dear Heavenly Father, Bless us all today. Help us to find our own happiness. We are a child of the universe, and although we may not understand, the world IS unfolding the way it should. Help us to understand, and if not understand, then help us to accept it. Amen.


  1. LOVE this! What a great message. Who wrote it? Thanks so much for sharing. We are having our fireworks tonight, and I will be wishing that you and your family were here to enjoy them with us.


  2. I thought it was a very old poem, by Max Ehrmann, but according to Wikipedia it's less than 100 years old.


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