Lord, let the thick skin that covers me not be a hindrance to you. Pass through it. My eyes, my hands, my mouth are yours. This sad lady in front of me: here is my mouth for you to smile at her ... This smug young man, so dull, so hard: here is my heart, that you may love him, more strongly than he has ever been loved before.
- Madeleine Delbrjl, Missionary and activist (1904-1964)
Pass through my thick skin Lord, and touch others with your grace, peace and love.
We all have done things in the past that we would do differently in the present.
We were not perfect in the past, nor are we in the present.
As we follow Christ, there are improvements along the way, until one day, when our journey here is completed, we achieve that which we have long awaited.
The struggle is over.
The battle is won.
What a glorious day that will be.
In the meantime, we follow Him.
John Ortberg says, "God sees with utter clarity who we are. He is undeceived as to our warts and wickedness. But when God looks at us that is not all He sees. He also sees who we are intended to be, who we will one day become."
I have a natural tendency to worry and be anxious.
I know those who do not have as much of a tendency, and I admire them.
I'm married to one such person.
Becky and I will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary tomorrow.
We were wed on March 6, 1982.
Throughout our marriage and ministry together, at times I have leaned toward panic instead of faith.
She has a solid and childlike faith in our Father.
For all those who have the same tendency as I, let me share a quote with you that will encourage:
The secret of Christian quietness is not indifference, but the knowledge that God is my Father, He loves me, I shall never think of anything He will forget, and worry becomes an impossibility. -- Oswald Chambers
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