"[Christ] is my model. This means a different set of ambitions, a different definition of happiness, a different standard of judgment altogether. Behavior will change, and very likely it will change enough to make me appear rather odd--but then my Master was thought very odd."
The oddness is something I know about.
In my high school/college days (which were, of course, not the typical, since I was at home or
working for all of them) I read everything EE wrote. I heard her speak countless times, I've even had the privilege of knowing her personally. But what has struck me as I have been re-reading this fabulous book (I highly recommend it!) is how deeply her writings (and others, I know) formed in me the basic truths of life.
In these days of blogging and Facebook and Twitter. . . online articles and magazines. . . Hunger Games and Karen Kingsbury (which I've read a lot of). . .
THIS is what I miss.
The kind of writing that feeds your SOUL. That challenges your thoughts and requires a response. "Will I?"
Will I trust the Lord in my circumstances?
Will I submit to these trials. . . this husband. . . the LORD?
Will I REST in the Lord?
Will I serve others without thought for SELF?
Will I be thankful in ALL things?
These are basic, daily, LIFE struggles. I know I have them. I assume you to do, too, if you seek to follow Christ. And going back to this old, favorite book. . . it's reminded me that I've missed this.
I know so many of you, my blogging friends, enjoy good writing, just as I do.
You won't find it, here.
But I would encourage you to seek it out. Go back to those classic Elisabeth Elliot books (and pray for her, along the way, as she struggles in the sunset years of her life). Find GOOD literature and biographies to share with your kids. Read "Evidence Not Seen" and "A Chance to Die" and with me, keep plugging away at "Bonhoffer" (even though I'm about six months into it and only 1/3 of the way through). And let me just say. . . THAT book? Makes me feel really stupid. But WOW it's good!
Leave the "easy" on the table, for today, and read something that will challenge your heart and mind and cause you to trust the Lord in a deeper way.
And yes, I know that this humble blog isn't on the list.
But thanks for reading it, anyway. For encouraging me by YOUR lives and YOUR trust in the Lord. For letting me use this modern day forum to collect me thoughts and chronicle what goes on here at the troops, so I don't forget.
Because I forget a lot. Like how much I love EE's writing!
And did I mention that we celebrated Son's (#4) TWELFTH birthday last night? Yikes! Time is a flyin', I tell you!