Martin Luther Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)
Faith & Faithfulness
"What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow."
 
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It is Greater Still to do the Lord's Will
"So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good."—1 Peter 4:19

William and Catherine Booth were the founders of the Salvation Army. They were also the parents of eight children: William, who served as General of the Army; Ballington, who was the U.S. National Commander; Catherine, who was a missionary in France and Switzerland; Emma, who was Co-Commander in the U.S.; Herbert, who was Commandant in Canada and the U.S.; Evangeline, who served as General of the Army; Lucy, who was a Commander in France, Switzerland, Norway, and South America; and Marian, who was limited by physical infirmities and was a Staff Captain.
Marian Booth had a brilliant mind and sweet disposition. She contracted smallpox as a child and was a semi-invalid most of her life. She was the only introvert in a family of extroverts and the only one never to marry. A friend once told her "Marian, it is a pity that a woman of your capabilities should be hindered by sickness from doing the Lord's work." Marian replied, "It's wonderful to do the Lord's work, but it's greater still to do the Lord's will!" The Lord's will is the best choice you can make in your life. It is not always fun, and it sometimes involves pain. But God's will displays the glory and love of Jesus-Christ. Today give thanks that Christ is faithful and commit yourself to God's will.

"No healthy saint ever chooses suffering; he chooses God's will, as Jesus did, whether it means suffering or not."—Oswald Sanders
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.