Thought of the Day

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

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10 thoughts on “Thought of the Day

  1. The man’s own words pay tribute to his character. To be humble enough to always give credit where credit is due, honor where honor is due, share in a success with those who contribute to it, is a virtue in itself.
    Jesus is like that. He always gives honor, credit and respect to His Heavenly Father, although ‘He thought it not robbery to be named equal with God’, as He is God in Flesh and Bone.
    The Kingdom of God is like that.
    In the Book of Acts in 10:35, Paul paraphrases Jesus’ words in saying, “…being mindful of the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed, soul satisfying and makes one happier to Give than to receive.'”
    I know that in particular instances Paul was speaking about the giving of aid and succor to the poor, less fortunate ones. But also, I think an application can be made in a situation where, instead of clasping all the glory to oneself in things accomplished, innovative ideas and clever inventions, intellectual thoughts, etc that really were inspired by the thinking of others, authors, scientists, musicians, composers, scientific
    researchers…all these wonderful manifestations that emanate from off the backs of generations of laborers and thinkers and writers that have been passed down through the annals of history…it makes me think of what Solomon really meant in the Book of Ecclesiastes. When I had read what he said, I thought….oh Solomon, we’ve come a long way, baby, since your time. But you know what? He is right. The Word of God is always right. Thank God! There really is not (in the sense and light of Albert Einstein’s quote above. Really, “there is nothing new under the sun.”
    I believe it is a virtue to give and share the praise of accomplishment with those who have contributed to our success in any way, our teachers, our predecessors, whoever has inspired us to even more lofty heights whether great of small situations.
    And ultimately….To GOD BE THE GLORY

  2. This quote made me reflect on all the physical and spiritual benefits I receive each day because people labored to produce an invention, a product, a food, a service, a sermon, a Bible, an inspirational book, a website such as The Daily Lily.
    Einstein’s exertions (a laborious or perceptible effort)produced discoveries and theories which help us live technologically like we do today. I am probably enjoying and dependent on the benefits of them far more than I know or understand. He must have had a great love and heart of service for his fellow man in order to think and act like he did. It seems based on what he said above that he labored to make sure that he was using his God given giftings fully that others would benefit. His reminding himself ‘A hundred times every day’ and subsequent actions make Acts 20:35 come alive: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” His attitude “…I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving”… looks like a math formula for life that we should all strive to implement.

  3. When I read this quote I thought and think almost daily of my sister, Barbara, and her life lived for Jesus. This was her life song and the one she wanted sung at her funeral. Yes, I owe a lot to both Barbara, my Mother and many many others. It sure does make one exert themselves to try and make their life count as the great men and women before us have done. “Giving the same measure Mr. Einstein.” Well, I sure tried to use you, Albert Einstein, as a measure to teach and instruct my two sons.

    http://www.preciouslordtakemyhand.com/christianhymns/hereiamlord.html

    Here I Am Lord

    Words and Music by Daniel L Schutte

    I, the Lord of sea and sky,
    I have heard my people cry.
    All who dwell in dark and sin,
    My hand will save.

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I, who made the stars of night,
    I will make their darkness bright.
    Who will bear my light to them?
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I, the Lord of snow and rain,
    I have borne my people’s pain.
    I have wept for love of them.
    They turn away.

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I will break their hearts of stone,
    Give them hearts for love alone.
    I will speak my words to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    I, the Lord of wind and flame,
    I will send the poor and lame.
    I will set a feast for them.
    My hand will save.

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

    Finest bread I will provide,
    ‘Til their hearts be satisfied.
    I will give my life to them.
    Whom shall I send?

    Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord?
    I have heard you calling in the night.
    I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.

  4. I remember Barbara’s special song as that is the one I sang over and over again before we went to India. What a special and inspiration Barbara was to us all. She held many people in her heart.

    Einstein’s quote reminds me of all the wonderful pastors, bible teachers, and close friends in the Lord who have poured themselves into my life. It seems God has placed them their to direct my path to Him and to place heavenly glasses to see and understand Him more clearly. I thank those who not only have spoken the word of God, but who role model Jesus daily in their lives. The Daily Lilies have certainly done that over and over again. I also thank God for all the resources and talents he has given man to keep us informed and motivated. I also thank the song writers of old and of today who have poured their lives into their songs and who minister like above with prayer and song. Yes may we exert ourselves Mr. Einstein and pour out even as we are still receiving and growing with the Lord Jesus.

  5. This quote and Barbaras song….to me its saying Be just like Jesus, Do just like Jesus, and Talk think and walk just like Jesus….build upon that foundation with the bricks of truth outlined in His word and you can rest asured that the building will go up and that it will last and the technique can always be passed on and it is the same yesturday today and forever……and some may recieve the building plans with its foundation and some may not…
    I found this scripture that reminded me of this quote and Barbaras song…John 14:10 believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works…verse:12.He that beleveth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; ….(it gets passed on,and on and on..)dj

  6. As I read Albert Einstein’s quote above, I think about my family. I think about how their hard work has helped me. My Great Grandfather on my Fathers side was a preacher and my Great Grandmother died at a early age. They had eight children. My Grandfather had to stop going to school and work to help support the family. He had an eighth grade education. Most of the time they were paid with flour or potatos. My Grandfather worked very hard and paid for one of his sisters to get her nursing degree. After he and my Grandmother were married, he worked very hard and earned enough money to buy about 100 acres of wooded land. He cleared this land with his own hands and made it into a farm. He turned 100 acres into 1000 acres. He worked hard all his life except for Sundays. He was in church every Sunday. He was a praying man who loved Jesus. He would drive twenty or greater miles out of the way, to pick up other families and take them to church. He never missed. He even helped build the church that he went to. He never said an unkind word to anyone. If others were going through tough times he and my Grandmother were one of the first ones there to help. When I look around this farm, I see his hand and when I see his hand, I see Jesus’s hand that worked through him. Thank you Jesus for such awesome Grandparents on my Dad’s side and my Mom’s side. As Albert Einstein stated, I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving….

  7. Wow, Wendy! What a tribute to a saintly, godly man! You have a great heritage and a vision to fulfill. You and your sons will go forth in the same spirit as your grandfather, strengthened by The Holy Spirit to do great feats for the Lord Jesus Christ, while the COMMUNION OF SAINTS in Heaven cheer you on, and us all!
    The call of God on your life is pronounced and He is excited and expectant to have His WENDY seeking His will and discovering the great missions she is to accomplish for Him….in the grand tradition of her Grandfather.
    We cheer you on, too. GO GO GO if you have “heard Him calling in the night”

  8. Albert Einstein said,”I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.”
    Jesus said,(John 4:32) “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” (John 4:34-38)”My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying.’Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”
    Lord, may we be found….”busy about Your work”, so that no one misses the gift of eternal life?

  9. Chickenfarmer, I am sure you have heard “too much is given much is required.” I am sure you have a busy life set out for you and, hopefully, it will be as Needles has instructed us from Gods Word. Yes, Needles, the fields are ripe for harvest. May we all work while we can.

  10. Chickenfarmer what a wonderful heritage you have. When reading about your grandfather it reminded me of a previous thought for the day: “Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; instead seek what they sought.” I know that is where your heart is – a heart for Jesus like your grandfather’s. May you as a grand daughter of a great man of faith pick up where your grandfather left off and carry the water (Word) to those who thirst and need to hear words from Jesus and know Jesus through your modeling of the word in your life and to others. May the winds of the Holy Spirit (not the world) lead and guide you that all will be ministered to that the Holy Spirit directs you to. Like Needles says, It’s harvest time.
    In the scripture it also says in regards to harvest: Luke 10:2
    He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few…. (Song: Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.)
    Rev 14:15
    “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” (Song: I will go, Lord, if you lead me.
    I will hold your people in my heart.)

    He is leading us and as Sara says may we all work while we can. May many know Jesus and may many more lights for him be lite because we rise and shine for Him.

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