“If we have much of this world, we shall have a high enjoyment of it, because we shall make it the means of benefiting our fellow-creatures, and of honouring our God.
If, on the other hand, we have little of this world, we shall still be happy, because, in having God for our portion, we can lack nothing.
There are but two lessons for the Christian to learn: the one is, to enjoy God in everything; the other is, to enjoy everything in God.
The one ennobles the rich; the other elevates the poor: and all who have learned these lessons are, and must be, happy.”
–Charles Simeon, “The Vanity of the Creature; Sermon 827: Ecclesiastes 1:2,” Horae Homileticae, Vol. 7: Proverbs to Isaiah 26 (London: Holdsworth and Ball, 1833), 7: 325.
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