“Teach me, O God, so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin,” prayed the British author John Baillie:
Let me use disappointments as material for patience.
Let me use success as material for thankfulness.
Let me use trouble as material for perseverance.
Let me use danger as material for courage.
Let me use reproach as material for long suffering.
Let me use praise as material for humility.
Let me use pleasures as material for temperance.
Let me use pain as material for endurance.