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The consequences

“I imagine peaks of enjoyment when I think of doing things together, but let not the hoping for it dull the doing of it alone. What is, is actual–what might be simply is not, and I must not therefore query God as though He robbed me–of things that are not. Further, the things that are belong to us, and they are good, God given, and enriched. Let not our longing slay the appetite of our living. It is true that our youth is fast fleeting, and I know the rush of wants, the perfect fury of desire which such a thought summons. All that it involves–this getting on to thirty–brings a push of hurry and a surge of “possible” regrets over the soul. And, Betty, this is just exactly what we have bargained for. Obedience involves for us, not physical suffering, perhaps, nor social ostracism as it has for some, but this warring with worries and regrets, this bringing into captivity our thoughts. We have planted (in our integrity) the banner of our trust in God. The consequences are His responsibility. 

We would see Jesus–other lights are paling, 

Which for long years we have rejoiced to see;

The blessings of our pilgrimage are failing:

We would not mourn them, for we go to Thee.”

-Jim Elliot, an excerpt of his letter to Elisabeth in Passion and Purity

Lord, help me to trust You

God’s grace in my life today:

I am His and He is mine.


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