Go gently amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. Ps 46:8-11
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak truth quietly and clearly; Romans 12:18
Listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. James 2:1-9
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexations to the spirit. Ecclesiastes 4:6
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. 2 Corinthians 10:12
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans and keep seeking God’s blessing. I Timothy 6:6
Keep interested in your own work, however humble; your work is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Proverbs 31:31
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Mark 13:5&6
Be yourself. Be genuine; do not pretend to be affectionate. Philippians 1:9&10
Don’t be cynical about human love; for in the face of all barrenness and disenchantment it can still be as lasting as the seasonal grass. Luke 12:28-32
Take kindly and value the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Proverbs 19:20-21
Nurture the strength of the Spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. Psalm 28: 7-9
Do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Gen 50:19-20
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Proverbs 3:24-26
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle but truthful with yourself. James 3:17
You are a child of the infinite God, greater than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here because you were made in His image and for His grand purpose. Rev 4:11 Romans 8
Whether or not it is clear to you, there is no doubt that the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, pursue Him in a deep and personal relationship as he desires to be, Psalm 8:1-9, Rom 5:1
Whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep His peace within your soul. Heb 6:10
With all its sham, drudgery, and brokenness, God’s creation is still a beautiful world. Psalm 85:9-12

Happiness is fleeting but joy is a lasting provision from God so let happiness flow from joy. 1 John 1:4

A 1927 prose poem by: American writer Max Ehrmann (1872-1945). Largely unknown in the author’s lifetime, the text became widely known after its use in a devotional, after subsequently being found at Adlai Stevenson’s deathbed in 1965, and after spoken-word recordings in 1971 and 1972. The above version contains updated language by David John Hensman for a younger audience as well as aligning the poem with the Scriptures and Gospel. Each line has a scriptural reference for further scriptural study.