“Expect great things; attempt great things.”
It’s at times a mystery what people actually said as we cast an eye back over the ages. There are many different nuances of this William Carey saying. Another is, “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”
Whatever it was we can be sure of one thing. Carey was imploring believers and all humankind to be as one in their valiant attempts for God’s purposes, as well as to acknowledge the goodness and the greatness of God, that great things will come.
Expecting Great Things
Optimism—and better actually, spiritual optimism—is such a boon to the person taking part in that place of the living.
Great things are happening all the time. Especially for those who do well via their attitudes and approaches to life, resilience is favour, as a generalisation.
God has been doing great things through every day of the ages thus far and this trend will continue on forever. It is God’s nature to do the great thing—such is God’s inherent goodness.
Attempt Great Things
None of us knows what we can or will achieve until we put our minds, our hearts and our hands to it.
It is faith that sparks our attention toward going onto the greater things in life; our courage is rewarded when we do things with a pinch of wisdom—that to seek the counsel of others as we set about doing our great things, in the bed of humility, for God.
We really don’t know what we can realise for the causes of God’s kingdom unto the awareness of our microcosm or the entire world—and all between... until we make a start, pushing through the barriers of discouragement, reconciling the challenges, and complete that good work.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.