Credenda by Og Mandino

Turn away from the crowd and its fruitless pursuit of fame and gold. Never look back as you close your door to the sorry tumult of greed and ambition. Wipe away your tears of failure and misfortune. Lay aside yor heavy load and rest until your heart is still. Be at Peace. Already it is later than you think, for your earthly life, at best, is only the blink of any eye between two eternities. Be Unafraid. Nothing here can harm you except yourself. Do that which you dread, and cherish those victories with pride. Concentrate your energy. To be everywhere is to be nowhere. Be jealous of your time, since it is your greatest treasure. Reconsider your goals. Before you set your heart too much on anything, examine how happy they are who already possess what you desire. Love your family and count your blessings. Reflect on how eagerly they would be sought if you did not have them. Put aside your impossible dreams and complete the tasks at hand. No matter how distasteful. All great achievements came from working and waiting. Be Patient. God’s delays are never God’s denials. Hold on. Hold Fast. Know that your paymaster is always near. What you sow, good or evil, that you will reap. Never blame your conditions on others. You are what your choice alone. Learn to live to honest poverty, if you must and turn to more important matters, than transporting gold to your grave. Never meet trouble halfway. Anxiety is the rust of life. When you add tomorrow’s burden to today, their weight becomes unbearable. Avoid the mourner’s bench and give thanks instead, for your defeats, you would not receive them if you did not need them. Always learn from others. He who teaches himself has a fool for a master. Be careful. Do not overload your conscience. Conduct your life as if it were spent in an arena of talents. Avoid boasting. If you see anything that puffs you with pride, look closer and you will find more than enough to make you humble. Be wise. Realize that all men are not created equal for there is no equality in nature. Yet no man was ever born whose work was not born with him. Work everyday as if it were your first, yet tenderly treat the lives you touch as if they will end at midnight. Love everyone, even those who deny you for hate is a luxury you can’t afford. Seek out those in need. Learn that he who delivers with one head will always gather in two. Be of good cheer. Above all, remember that very little is needed to make a happy life. Look up, reach out. Cling simply to God and journey quietly on our pathway to forever with charity and a smile. When you depart it will be said by all that your legacy was a better world than the one you found.

Sometimes you just don’t understand life, so here is a compilation of aphorisms that may help you find your way and remember what is truly important.


4 Responses

  1. I copied this passage from a book about 20 years ago. Do you know its name?

  2. I have the name up there before the text. It’s Credenda by Og Mandino.

  3. that’s the book- “The Gift of Acabar.” I remember reading that before when i was in college

  4. The Gift of Acabar – my most favorite book when I was in High School and up to now… will recommend it to my kids as well.

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