He didn't resort to the socially-correct construct of letting people make their own decisions, no matter how unwise or deadly they may be; he insisted she was wrong about her condition and pressed in when she would have him abandon her to her fate. He held on to her, relying on strength and compassion and human warmth and moral conviction. (Scroll down or click Read more.)
Here in Pittsburgh, it's not unusual to read a story about a save -- they're regularly in the sports section during the months of October through June when the Penguins play hockey. But yesterday (June 28) a sports-connected story appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (by Stephen J. Nesbitt and Steph Chambers) about a whole other kind of save.
by J.R. Miller, published 1913
The plates, cups, and vases we use in our homes lay once as clay in the earth, quiet and restful. Then men came with picks, and the clay was crudely torn out and beaten and ground in the mill, and pressed under weights, then shaped by the potter's hand, then put into the furnace and burned, at last coming forth in beauty — to begin a history of usefulness. If the clay could speak, it might cry out, but the end proves that what seemed destruction — was its making into beauty and value. (Scroll down or click Read more.)
Someone has been making a little calculation which is interesting. A bar of iron of a certain size, in its rough state, is worth five dollars. If it be made into horseshoes, it is worth twelve dollars. When it has been put through certain processes and then made into needles, instead of horseshoes, its value is increased to three hundred and fifty dollars. The same piece of iron, however, made into knife blades, becomes worth three thousand dollars; and made into balance springs for watches, is increased in value to the enormous sum of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars. These figures are not perfect, but it is no doubt true, that a bar of iron is capable of becoming worth a great deal more than in its rough state which it would bring in the market.
It's easy to get weary of pouring out into others' lives when our vision is marred by a distorted view of ourselves. But as Elisabeth stated in that last quote I provided above, "We receive His poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others." (Scroll down or click Read more.)
The sage wisdom of Elisabeth Elliot, who died two years ago yesterday, is resonating with power and grace through the lives of thousands of women she touched in her lifetime, and still to today through countless resources. She spoke with clarity and passion about everyday moments lived through the filter of surrender to Christ. She was masterful at weaving into anecdotes the concepts of God's sovereignty, Christian contentment, courageous living in Christ, and joyful suffering through human affliction, making doctrine more accessible for many women who had grown up in the church but never considered theology an attractive pursuit.
My shriveled little heart was pricked by conviction in the past week. It was ugly, let me tell you. The bottom line: I have treasured an idol fashioned out of my ability to presume others' guilt and perceived hypocrisy. I have forgotten--nay, dismissed as folly--the supernatural work of spiritual rebirth, done God's way, in God's methods, with his timing, and under his direction.
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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