"...Do not take in more of the business of the world than God calls you to, be not greedy of taking in a great deal of the world, for if a man will go among thorns when he may go in a plainer way, there is not reason that this man should complain that he is pricked with them; thou goest among thorns, is it thy way? Must you of necessity go among them; then it's another matter, but if thou wilt electively choose that way when thou mayest go another, then thou hast no cause to complain; so for men and women that will put themselves upon things of the world that they need not, then no marvel though they be pricked, and meet with that that doth disquiet them; for such is the nature of all things here in the world, that everything hath some prick or other in it, we are like to meet with disappointments, and discontentments in everything we meddle with, and therefore those that have least to do in the world, (that is, except God calls them to it, we must put in that) they are like to meet with many things that will discontent them."
Jeremiah Burroughs. "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." London: Printed by W. Bentley for L. Sadler and R. Beaumont, 1651.- Reproduction of the original in the Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) Library. p.132-133.
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