Saturday, August 20, 2011


Welcome to "Quaint Words!”

These posts will contain thoughts, poems, and prayers from old books that I have found at antique stores, flea markets, and garage sales (with an occasional treasure from a bookstore).

I love the rhythm and sound of the older English language, and am blessed by other believers who have gone before me!

"Jesus protests against the tendency to compare one's self with another to the other's disadvantage. He does not protest against the legitimate desire for the greatness that consists in being one's best and doing his utmost, but against the desire to see another man less than one's self in any particular.

The normal child simply and spontaneously does his best. This is the spirit of the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is...the expression of one's power for the good of others and the desire to see others, also, make their highest possible contribution to the general welfare. Jesus Himself is identified in spirit with every quiet soul that desires to do his utmost...

O God, may there be something in my life that shall inspire every one who comes within its reach to be his best and do his utmost."

(From "Christ in Everyday Life" by Edward Increase Bosworth, c. 1910)

(A listing of books and authors, and also dates of individual postings from those books, will be found on my "QUAINT WORDS" page)

BLOG = "Blessedly Leaning On God!"


  1. I pray that I can inspire someone as well.

  2. "O God, may there be something in my life that shall inspire every one who comes within its reach to be his best and do his utmost." This is my hope and prayer too. ☺

  3. My prayer, too -- to inspire others.

  4. I have always hoped to live my life where someone someday will say - gee she is different - what makes her that way - no one yet - teehee.

  5. I am so guilty of comparing myself to the faults of others, lifting myself up...I too desire to reflect Him and compare myself to which case I am nothing

  6. THanks Sharon for the awesome reminder- we are HIS and that is enough. When we compare we either feel less than, which is NOT what he wants or we feel better than, which is pride.
    When I am working to be MY BEST, that is when I can support others in being their best, their best for God!!!
    Love you!

  7. "Jesus Himself is identified in spirit with every quiet soul that desires to do his utmost..."

    That is my favorite line of all.

    After my novel on yesterday's post, I am still too whipped to say more...

  8. I remember once thinking, I wish I were more like Catherine Marchal, Corrie Ten Boom and Mother Teresa..then Jesus spoke and said, "what about me"..He is the only one we can pattern after.. everone else has blemishes.. I have so many myself, so now, I only want to be like him.
    Have a beautiful day.

  9. My utmost - yes!! For His Highest - that Oswald Chamblers title has always resonated with me and I am reminded of it with your post here. I am often driven to personal best - but have learned to trust God to make up for any lack.

    Joy to you today!!!

  10. I loved the Bosworth quote. Comparison often leads to competition, which almost always leads to conflict or pride or both.

    Very good post. Blessings to you - marsha

  11. Wasn't this a great and inspiring quote?

    I'm so glad that so many of you stopped by and enjoyed these quaint words - words that still have power today.

    May we all dedicate ourselves to helping each other attain our utmost - as we all seek together to glorify God in all that we do. And may we always look to Jesus, Our Savior, the greatest example of devotion and humility that ever walked the earth.

    HE is the One whom we serve - and He has given us His Spirit to enable us to do our utmost!



"So [I] have been greatly encouraged in the midst of [my] troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives [me] new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How [I] thank God for you!" (1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!

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