When you are forgotten, or neglected, or purposely set at
naught, and you smile inwardly, glorying in the insult or the oversight–That is Victory!
(John 13:26-30; 2 Tim. 4:16-18)
When your good is evil spoken of, when your wishes are crossed, your taste offended,
your advice disregarded, your opinions ridiculed, and you take it all in
patient and loving silence–That is Victory!
(John 8:48-50; 2 Tim. 4:16-18; 2 Peter 2:20-21)
When you can bear with any discord, any irregularity and unpunctuality,
any annoyance–and are content with any food, any raiment, any climate, any society,
any solitude, any interruption–That is Victory!
(Phil 4:11-13; Heb. 11:3-11; Acts 27:21-25; 2 Cor. 4:8-10)
When you never care to refer to yourself in conversation or to record your
own good works, or to itch after commendation, when you can truly
“love to be unknown”–That is Victory!
(Gal. 2:20; 6:14)
*Printed and handed out during Boston’s Awakening of 1909 under guidance of Dr. J. Wilbur Chapman: original–source unknown. Given to me by Devin Bell during doctoral residency at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.