BACK, then, complainer; loath thy life no more,
Nor deem thyself upon a desert shore,
Because the rocks the nearer prospect close.
Yet in fallen Israel are there hearts and eyes
That day by day in prayer like thine arise:
Thou know’st them not, but their Creator knows
SO, then, Elijah’s life had been no failure, after all. Seven thousand at least in Israel had been braced and encouraged by his example, and silently blessed him, perhaps, for the courage which they felt. In God’s world, for those who are in earnest there is no failure. No work truly done, no word earnestly spoken, no sacrifice freely made, was ever made in vain.
Frederick W. Robertson
FOR this reason often call to mind the more heavy sufferings of others, that so thou mayest the easier bear thine own very small troubles. And if they seem unto thee not very small, then beware lest thy impatience be the cause.
Thomas a Kempis