Monday, October 18, 2010

Today's thought....

Everything 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

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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1