It should be the Christian’s chief care to obtain from God the choicest mercies

The worldly are indeed easily put off with the meanest, because their inquiry is only who will show them any good.

But O Christian! Let nothing please or satisfy you, but the light of God’s countenance an do so receive from God here, as that you may be received to God hereafter.

Desire not gifts, but mercies from God;
not pebbles but pearls.

Always labor for that which God never bestows but in love. …
Always desire the favor of God rather than outward felicity.

—William Jenkyn
Mr. Jenkins’s Dying Thoughts, 1