"Our Master has never promised us success. He demands obedience. He expects faithfulness. Results are His concern, not ours. And our reputation is a matter of no consequence at all."
~ Amy Carmichael, Gold Cord p. 51
"...but a question comes and will not be quieted: What might it not mean for others if all of us who are seeking after a country of our own, a better Country, that is, a heavenly [one], lived more like pilgrims here?"
~ Amy Carmichael, p. 29
Is your heart weighing heavy with the cares of the world? You try, try, try but nothing ever comes out right? Things seem to be crashing in around you....everywhere you turn its another frustration, failure or disappointment. Are you weary and worn? Take heart...this world is not your home. If you are a child of God...a follower of Christ (if He is your all in all) ~ these things are but a drop in the ocean of eternity.
"Nothing could ever matter again but the things that were eternal..."
~ Amy Carmichael, p. 15
Wherever you are....here and now...this very moment, all that truly matters is the eternal. Souls are living and dying and *that*....that is much weightier than your imperfections. All we can do, day in, day out...moment by moment...is seek Him Who is greater. Glorifying Him through our thoughts, deeds and emotions.
"Selfish, selfish, selfish...it's all I am" ~ those thoughts swirl through my head day and night. It frustrates me, as "selfish" is the last thing I want to be. I am constantly realizing my own weakness and feeling utterly defeated....but then....as if He knows me (as He most certainly does...more than any other)...He reminds me what Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 12:9-10:
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Amen! Hallelujah! I *am* weak....and I *know* it! He shows me that when I am weak ~ I am actually strong. Knowing that He is for me...I can endure it all! This does *not* excuse my selfish behaviors or thoughts...but rather it helps to encourage me to recognize them, repent and then let it go as He works through me. Then, as I let go of *me*...I can better serve *Him* by serving others!
"Follow no voice, not mine or any other which is not His. My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from Him."
~ Robert Wilson
I am (among other books) reading Gold Cord by Amy Carmichael. It is a blessing, truly, and you will find such hope, encouragement and pearls of wisdom in it. I highly recommend it. It has helped me put my focus on the eternal. At the beginning of chapter five, they have this quote from Ellice Hopkins (may it encourage you tremendously)...
"Do you know that lovely fact about the opal? That, in the first place, it is made only of desert dust, sand, silica, and owes its beauty and preciousness to a defect. It is a stone with a broken heart. It is full of minute fissures which admit air, and the air refracts the light. Hence its lovely hues, and that sweet lamp of fire that ever burns at its heart, for the breath of the Lord God is in it.
You are only conscious of the cracks and desert dust, but so He makes His precious opal. We must be broken in ourselves before we can give back the lovely hues of His light, and the lamp in the temple can burn in us and never go out."
I pray you realize that when you are His, eternity is what truly matters. Putting it all into perspective makes the cares of this world seem minute!
Here is just a bit of home to share...a bit of this and that from the past couple days...
My knitting is slower lately...as other things keep me busy during these warmer months. I still knit though when I need some down time! Here is a finished dishcloth and then another I am working on currently...
Oh how he wants to play...maybe X will teach him one day...
I mowed the front yard this afternoon. Soon it will be time to prepare supper...