To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be contented with your possessions, but not satisfied with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor's except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and everyday of Christ; and yo spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, in God's out-of-doors--these are little guide-posts on the foot-path to peace.
I stop by Goodwill or Salvation Army once in a while to go treasure hunting. Yesterday I came across a 1905 COPYRIGHT by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS, The Van Dyke Book: Selected From The Writings Of Henry Van Dyke
This book contains Mr. Van Dyke's signature and a 1918 newspaper clipping with a stanza from his Battle Hymm Republic.
Mr. Van Dyke was clearly in touch with God. His words in the FOOT-PATH TO PEACE flow like the words from one of David's Psalms or Solomon's Proverbs, feeding the heart and soul. Wisdom comes from God, and when we spend time with Him daily out-of-doors we too may develop the masterpiece that God has put in our own hearts.
It is encouraging and refreshing to find a piece of history like this for $2.00. I encourage you to go out and support your Salvation Army and Goodwill by donating or making a purchase. You never know what may speak to you as you walk around the shop.
Go explore! Seek and you shall find!
Faith Focus Finish,
Brendan J. Micik