Over the past six months I’ve read two of Elisabeth Elliot’s books, Passion and Purity and Let Me be a Woman (I’m still reading that one). I want to be just like her when I grow up. Here is an excerpt from Let Me be a Woman:
|Elisabeth Elliot is 85 and still writing books|
“If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. And your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths leading home.” -Isaiah 58:10-12
“Here, I think, lies the answer to the barrenness of a single life, or of a life that might otherwise be selfish or lonely. It is the answer, I have found, to depression as well. You yourself will be given light in exchange for pouring yourself out for the hungry; you yourself will get guidance, the satisfaction of your longings, and strength, when you “pour yourself out.” When you make the satisfaction of somebody else’s desire your own concern, you yourself will be a source of refreshment, a builder, a leader into healing and rest at a time when things around you seem to have crumbled.”
“Single life may be only a stage of life’s journey, but even a stage is a gift. God may replace it with another gift, but the receiver accepts His gifts with thanksgiving. This gift for this day. The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived-not always looked forward to as though the “real” living were around the next corner. It is for today we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.” Here’s another one…
So good. Whether you’re single or not, ponder that last quote. Are you receiving the gift God is currently giving you with thanksgiving? Whew. Conviction is abundant in my heart right now.
Seek Him right now, you may not get another chance…
“It is for today we are responsible. God still owns tomorrow.”