Many sincere Christians feel that they make no progress in the divine life because they do not attain all that they desire. But one real view of Jesus, one sin put to death, one temptation conquered, one worldly habit broken, one sunbeam of holy joy shining upon the soul– these are victories achieved and spiritual blessings possessed, more wonderful and important that the taking of a city, and more enriching that the conquest of a world. It may be through deep trials, in the face of powerful opposition and great weakness, that the advanced steps have been made. Nevertheless, it has brought the heart nearer to God, has transcribed some presence and image of Jesus on the soul, and is so much actual gain in the believer’s progress towards heaven.
– Octavius Winslow