verything about which we are tempted to complain
may be the very instrument
whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son...
--a headache, an insult, a long line at the check-out, someone's rudeness or failure to say thank you, misunderstanding, disappointment, interruption.
As Amy Carmichael said,
"See in it a chance to die,".....meaning a chance to leave self behind
and say YES to the will of God,
to be "conformable unto His death."
Not a morbid martyr-complex
but a peaceful and happy contentment in the assurance
...that goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.
Wouldn't our children learn godliness if they saw the example
of contentment instead of complaint?
acceptance instead of rebellion?
peace instead of frustration?"
~ Elizabeth Elliot