Elisabeth Elliot died four years ago today at the age of 88.
I love this quote of hers I have quoted before: “The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”
She is probably one of the most influential Christian women in our time and most have probably never heard of her. She was born in Belgium and was married to Jim Elliot. He was a missionary to a remote tribe in Equador who killed him and four others. This was a fierce tribe that no one had succeeded meeting without being killed.
What would you do after this if you were her?
I don’t think many of us would even consider doing what she did. She spent the next two years as a missionary with that same tribe that killed her husband with her only daughter who was only 10 months old at the time of Jim’s death.
If she did not have God in her life, there would be no way she would ever even have considered this.
Even with God, I can not imagine how hard that would have been.
Let’s read her quote again:
“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman.”
We have a different perspective now in hearing that as we know a little more about her. Right?
In her lifetime, she wrote over 20 books and was an in high demand public speaker touring well into her 70s. I believe that is a life well lived with out excuse or regret. Live your life with purpose so you can say that too: I have lived out life well without excuse or regret.
“Life is filled with peaks and valleys – it is what we do when in the valley” – be an Elizabeth Elliot
“Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.” Isaiah 40.4
You may feel like your in a valley but don’t add to others drama; stay in your own lane and purpose in your heart to be a difference maker.
Then, you will truly…
More Elisabeth Elliot quotes:
“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.”
“I realized that the deepest spiritual lessons are not learned by His letting us have our way in the end, but by His making us wait, bearing with us in love and patience until we are able to honestly to pray what He taught His disciples to pray: Thy will be done.”
“God never witholds from His child that which His love and wisdom call good. God’s refusals are always merciful — ‘severe mercies’ at times but mercies all the same. God never denies us our hearts desire except to give us something better.”
“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.”
“Does it make sense to pray for guidance about the future if we are not obeying in the thing that lies before us today? How many momentous events in Scripture depended on one person’s seemingly small act of obedience! Rest assured: Do what God tells you to do now, and, depend upon it, you will be shown what to do next.”
“God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.”
“Maturity starts with the willingness to give.”
“This job has been given to me to do. Therefore, it is a gift. Therefore, it is a privilege. Therefore, it is an offering I may make to God. Therefore, it is to be done gladly, if it is done for Him. Here, not somewhere else, I may learn God’s way. In this job, not in some other, God looks for faithfulness.”
“There is nothing worth living for, unless it is worth dying for.”
“Of one thing I am perfectly sure: God’s story never ends with ashes.”
She would also quote her husband: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot, missionary to Auca indians in Ecuador
What quote from above is your favorite? You might need to go back and read them again and again. She had much wisdom to depart and help us each contemplate what we will do to…
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