And that is why I think it far
better than anything that a man
should abandon himself wholly to God,
whatever it may be that God desires
to impose on him—contempt or heavy labor
or any manner of hardship—so long
as he accepts it joyfully, in gratitude,
and gives himself to be led solely by God.
Just so, if you tilt your head to learn from God
and gladly, and thereby follow Him,
all will be well with you.
With such a disposition, you
can easily accept honors and ease.
Should hardships and disgrace arrive,
you will bear them also, and be
oddly pleased to bear them.
—Poem by Scott Cairns