Psalm 27:8, “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Philippians 3:10-11, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
What Do You Want?
Jane Goodall loves chimpanzees and spent years in Africa studying the little creatures. A confirmed evolutionist, she delights in any communication, understanding, and affection between herself and the apes. In her book In the Shadow of Man she tells of such an experience. She and a chimp patriarch sat close to each other. Goodall picked up a palm nut and handed it to the chimp. He took it and simultaneously held her hand firmly and gently. Her heart soared. The gentle pressure of his fingers indicated to her that the barrier of untold generations of evolution had been overcome, if only for a few moments.
We get out from life what we expect; often, what we put into it. People satisfy themselves with little when they could have much; with the least, when they could have most; with self, when they could enjoy God. We can choose the results of faith or take the consequences of self-will. We can develop the most inordinate, fleshy appetites, or in surrender to grace find self-control. We make the choice.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Our lives are a manifestation of what we think about God. – Anonymous
God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only choice is how. – Beecher
I count all that part of my life lost which I spent not in communion with God, or in doing good. – Donne
Our life is scarce the twinkle of a star in God’s eternal day. – Taylor