Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday -- Two Thought-Provoking Quotes

Two quotes from Randy Alcorn's book "If God Is Good" that really made me think this week....

"E. Stanley Jones wrote, 'Don't bear trouble, use it.  Take whatever happens -- justice and injustice, pleasure and pain, compliment and criticism -- take it up into the purpose of your life and make something out of it.  Turn it into testimony.'"

In other words, don't waste your storm.  I've said it before...I believe our greatest sorrows will result in our greatest ministry.  That is, if we allow God to use us.

And here's the second quote:

"Joni Eareckson Tada spoke of a woman, pregnant with a disabled child, who cried out in desparation to her husband, 'Things will never be the same.'  His response?  'Maybe God doesn't want them to be the same.'"

Whoa.  That one stopped me in my tracks.  That has been so, so true in our experience over the last three years.  I am a completely changed person from what I once was...I'm really not sure if there is any part of me that is the same.  And maybe that is just a part of what God wanted through all of this.  Really something to think about as we face the trials of life....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you say whoa, i say wow.... same thing, really. i don't think He does want things to stay the same... but what an eye-opening, mental re-thinking, heart changing quote. thank you, jill! xoxoxoxo