Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rectitude is a perpetual victory, celebrated not by cries of joy, but by serenity, which is joy fixed or habitual. ("Character," Essays: Second Series [1844])

I found this to be a very accurate description, that described how I have felt for some time. Habitual joy comes from the serenity of a life well lived where the cares of the world do not interfere with the feelings of joy and peace. Moreover, rectitude, creates the confidence to stand before God and beside God with confidence that with Him as a companion, anything can be overcome.

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