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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

Follow me as I follow Jesus

Monday Morning Munch No. 34 – Jim Elliot’s Goal

jim and elisabeth

“Jim’s aim was to know God.”

-Elisabeth Elliot on her late husband, Jim, who was martyred at age 28 while ministering to the Auca Indians in Ecuador

Elisabeth Elliot. So much class.

Elisabeth Elliot.
So much class.

Is it okay to be “fans” of Christians who have walked before you? I don’t know. I guess it’s okay as long as your admiration doesn’t become an elevation of the person above their humanity. Well, I am exceedingly grateful for the work of the Lord in Jim and Elisabeth Elliot and for their example of following Jesus no matter the cost.

Although I’ve never met her, Elisabeth Elliot has been one of the most influential ladies in my walk with God. Her books Passion and Purity, Let Me Be A Woman, Beyond the Gates of Splendor and so many others, have been instrumental in giving me a clearer view of godly womanhood, the joy of surrendering to the Lord’s plan and a greater desire for holiness.

I’m currently reading Shadow of the Almighty where the above quote was gently tucked within the first few pages. Although a simple descriptive sentence, those six words have been rocking my world all week.

"Lord, make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station, but that my life may be an exhibit to the value of knowing you." -Jim Elliot

“Lord, make my way prosperous, not that I achieve high station, but that my life may be an exhibit to the value of knowing You.” -Jim Elliot

This was a guy who, during a college break, hitchhiked from Wheaton, Ill., to Mexico in order to share the Gospel with the people there. He was passionate about being single-minded in his devotion to God, willing, if God so chose, to never marry in order to make the most of his time on earth and serve his Master with an undivided and undistracted heart. He was a man who so desired the salvation of the nations that he moved to a foreign country to minister to a tribe of Indians that had never heard of Jesus Christ. It was there he was murdered by the same people he was trying to evangelize.

In light of all that, the explanative words from his wife pierced my heart.

“Jim’s aim was to know God.”

His wasn’t seeking to do great things for God. Jim just wanted to know his Savior, and that desire (and love for God) pushed, motivated and compelled him to obey.

After reading that last week, my mind keeps mulling over one question:

Do I want to know God or be known by others?

Perhaps we should all ask the same question.

Who are we “doing” this life for? For what purpose? For whose purpose? Who are we seeking to please and gratify, ourselves or the Lord?

“No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the One who enlisted him.” -2 Timothy 2:4

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