I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.
Adams Keller, lecturer and author (1880-1968)
(155:6.11) And fail not to remember
that the will of God can be done in any earthly occupation.
Some callings are not holy and others secular. All things
are sacred in the lives of those who are spirit led; that
is, subordinated to truth, ennobled by love, dominated by
mercy, and restrained by fairness—justice.
(181:2.19) Jesus then went over to
the Alpheus twins and, standing between them, said: ........ Dedicate your lives
to the enhancement of commonplace toil. Show all men on
earth and the angels of heaven how cheerfully and
courageously mortal man can, after having been called to
work for a season in the special service of God, return to
the labors of former days. If, for the time being, your
work in the outward affairs of the kingdom should be
completed, you should go back to your former labors with
the new enlightenment of the experience of sonship with
God and with the exalted realization that, to him who is
God-knowing, there is no such thing as common labor or
secular toil. To you who have worked with me, all things
have become sacred, and all earthly labor has become a
service even to God the Father. And when you hear the news
of the doings of your former apostolic associates, rejoice
with them and continue your daily work as those who wait
upon God and serve while they wait. You have been my
apostles, and you always shall be, and I will remember you
in the kingdom to come."
(192:2.13) Never forget that, when you are a faith son of
God, all upright work of the realm is sacred. Nothing
which a son of God does can be common. Do your work,
therefore, from this time on, as for God. And when you are
through on this world, I have other and better worlds
where you shall likewise work for me. And in all of this
work, on this world and on other worlds, I will work with
you, and my spirit shall dwell within you."
Helen Adams Keller (June 27,
1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political
activist, and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person
to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke
through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of
language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to
communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic
depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.
A prolific author, Keller was well traveled, and was
outspoken in her anti-war convictions. A member of the
Socialist Party of America and the Industrial Workers of
the World, she campaigned for women's suffrage, labor
rights, socialism, and other radical left causes. She was
inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1971.
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