The crown which glitters in your eye at the end of the race is worthy of all your running. You could not have a nobler motive power than the constraining love of Christ. To live for Christ is the highest style of living: continue in it more and more. If the Lord changes your circumstances, still live for Christ. If you go up, take Christ up with you: if you go down, Christ will go down with you. If you are in health, live for Christ earnestly; if you are bound to a sick bed, live for Christ patiently. Go about your business, and sing for Jesus; or if he bids you stay at home, and cough away your life, then sicken for Jesus; but let everything be for him. For you, "Excelsior" means higher consecration, more heavenly living.
-Charles Spurgeon, From "Preparation for the Coming of the Lord," Delivered on Lord's Day morning, September 22, 1889, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington. No. 2105. As quoted from Spurgeon's Sermons on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, 2006, Henderson: Peabody, Mass.