"When each of us comes to that place where we fear to quench God's Spirit, He will not allow our time to be a dreary and unconsecrated thing. Swept by the very borders of His garment, we shall not look far for His glorifying presence.
The poorest outward condition will do nothing to obliterate the seriousness and dignity from life. No, of nothing may we be more sure of than this; that if we cannot sanctify our present state and lot in life, we can sanctify no other.
Our heaven and our almighty Father are here or nowhere.
The obstructions of that lot are given for us to heave away by the concurrent touch of a holy spirit, and labor of strenuous will; its gloom, is for us to tint with some celestial light; its mysteries are for our worship; its sorrows for our trust; its perils for our courage; its temptations for our faith. Brothers and sisters, fellow soldiers of the cross, it is not for us, but for our Leader and our Lord, to choose the field; it is ours, taking the station which He assigns, to make it the field of truth and honor, though it be the field of death." James Martineau.