Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Jesus Christ.—Philippians 3:12.
Let no man think that sudden in a minute
All is accomplished and the work is done,
Though with thine earliest dawn thou shouldst begin it,
Scarce were it ended in thy setting sun.
Frederic W.H. Myers.
Nothing so purifies the thoughts, heightens the acts, shuts out self, admits God, as, in all things, little or great, to look to Jesus. Look to Him, when ye can, as ye begin to act, to converse, or labor; and then desire to speak or be silent, as He would have you; to say this word, or leave that unsaid; to do this, or leave that undone; to shape your words, as if He were present, and He will be present, not in body, but in spirit, not by your side, but in your soul. Faint not, any who would love Jesus, if ye find yourselves yet far short of what He Himself who is Love saith of the love of Him. Perfect love is heaven. When ye are perfected in love, your work on earth is done. There is no short road to heaven or to love.
Do what in thee lies by the grace of God, and He will lead thee from strength to strength, and grace to grace, and love to love.
Edward B. Pusey.