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Vincent's passion for ministry led him to the Belgian coalfields where he preached to miners, tended the injured, fed the hungry and earned a place in the people's hearts. His church was filled to capacity with those eager to learn about Jesus. But his superiors weren't happy because Vincent wore cast-offs, lived in a shack and gave his salary to the people. "You look worse than the people you came to teach," they said. "Wouldn't Jesus have done the same?" Vincent asked. His bosses disagreed and he was dismissed from the ministry. He was hurt and angry; his only desire had been to build a church that glorified God, so why hadn't God let it happen? Then one day he watched an old miner struggling beneath a load of coal. Moved by the sight he began to sketch the bowed figure. And although he didn't realise it at the time, he'd discovered his real calling. The young preacher who was rejected by his denomination eventually became an artist the world will long remember: Vincent van Gogh. Word for Today


Anyway (by Kent Keith): People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centred. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you'll win false friends and make true enemies. Succeed anyway. Honesty and kindness may make you vulnerable. Be honest and kind anyway. The good you do today may very well be forgotten tomorrow. But do good anyway. The biggest people with the biggest ideas can get shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds. But think big anyway. Give the world the best you got. You may very well get kicked in the teeth for it. But give the world the best you got anyway.1


1 As quoted in Cordeiro, Wayne Attitudes That Attract Success p110-111