Brian Dinely, from the congregation in Dunoon, offers the following reflections on knowing when to perservere, and when to let go:
Set not your hand to the plough – and abandon the furrow,
Set not your step to the steep – and relinquish the hill,
Lay not your plans for the years – and despair of tomorrow
But trust in God’s goodness and Spirit to justify all.
What is this visceral instinct that bids you continue?
What is the power that keeps your ambition so pure?
Knowing Creation’s unfolding is active within you
And through you will give you the reason and will to endure.
–Brian F. Dineley. 5 November 2004
To have tackled a task to the best of our abilities and failed in the ttempt is to succeed in living. We may not win every time but we triumph when we try!
— BFD. 11 January 2007.
The above poem was written to encourage someone who was struggling ith “the Establishment” and apparently hopeless odds, hence the itle. The second piece was written for myself – but belongs to everyone!
Are these two incompatible philosophies or different facets of the same Truth? I particularly love the final phrase “We triumph when we try!” – Brian.