My friend and pal from along time ago, 1994, sent me a package today with some treasures. Very timely because she is my only friend from Australia! . Her name is Jenny Kelly. I called to thank her and we got caught up on many things. She told me that she had a quote she wanted to share with that was written by Jim Elliot, a man martyred for the cause of Christ. She said she thought of James when she read it. It's tough to read but as you marinate on it for a while you see it is what God calls to do.
Jim Elliot, who died as a martyr on the beaches of Ecuador (58 years ago today), to his parents when he told them he was going:
“I do not wonder that you were saddened at the word of my going to South America. This is nothing else than what the Lord Jesus warned us of when He told the disciples that they must become so infatuated with the kingdom and following Him that all other allegiances must become as though they were not. And he never excluded the family tie. In fact, those loves which we regard as closest, He told us must become as hate in comparison with our desires to uphold His cause. Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So, with the strong arms of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly–all of them, straight at the Enemy’s hosts.
‘Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious, Give of they wealth to speed them on their way, Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious, And all thou spendest Jesus will repay.’”
He also wrote a quote that I use often, "He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."
Praise God for friends!