Words of simple wisdom and inspiration, from Brother Lawrence, in the year 1666...
That we ought to act with GOD in the greatest simplicity, speaking to Him frankly and plainly, and imploring His assistance in our affairs, just as they happen. That GOD never failed to grant it, as he had often experienced.
That all bodily mortifications and other exercises are useless, but as they serve to arrive at the union with GOD by love; that he had well considered this, and found it the shortest way to go straight to Him by a continual exercise of love, and doing all things for His sake.
That we ought to make a great difference between the acts of the understanding and those of the will; that the first were comparatively of little value, and the others all.
That in the beginning of the spiritual life, we ought to be faithful in doing our duty and denying ourselves; but after that unspeakable pleasures followed: that in difficulties we need only have recourse to JESUS CHRIST, and beg His grace, with which everything became easy.
The little tome of Brother Lawrence presented itself to me at the beginning of my walk with Christ, and evermore has sustained me when I succumb to the busy-ness of the business of this world. If you have never availed yourself of his Conversations, but seek simpler joy in Christ in this complicated world, I recommend some time with the goode brother.