August 22, 2007

A Good Quote

I read in the paper today that 1 out of 4 adults in the nation didn't read a book at all last year! They are missing out. I have been reading "A Chance to Die" about Amy Carmichael, missionary to India, by Elizabeth Elliot. Last night, I was greatly affected by this quote:

Amy was learning that if the Lord of Glory took a towel and knelt on the floor to wash the dusty feet of His disciples (the job of the lowest slave in an Eastern household), then no work, even the relentless and often messy routine of caring for squalling babies, is demeaning. To offer it up to the Lord of Glory tranforms it into a holy task. "Could it be right," Amy had asked," to turn from so much that might be of profit (evangelizing) and become just nursemaids?" The answer was yes. It is not the business of the servant to decide which work is great, which is small, which important or unimportant--he is not greater than his master. "If by doing some work which the undiscerning consider 'not spiritual work' I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary's love," Amy wrote after many years of caring for (children she rescued from child trafficking).