If you think you are beaten you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you want to win but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose you’re lost;
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger and faster man,
But sooner or latter the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
I delight to do Thy will, O my God: yea, Thy law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8 (KJV)
Devotion is really neither more nor less than a general inclination and readiness to do that which we know to be acceptable to God. It is that “free spirit” of which David spoke when he said, “I will run the way of Thy commandments, when Thou hast set my heart at liberty.” People of ordinary goodness walk in God’s way, but the devout run in it, and at length they almost fly therein. To be truly devout, we must not only do God’s will, but we must do it cheerfully.
St. Francis De Sales