If

I’d like to share a few quotes from Missionary Amy Carmichael‘s book entitled If. It is based on 1 Corinthians 13, often called the love chapter in the Bible.

If you aren’t familiar with Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), I encourage you to click on her name and read the very brief biography at that link. There really have been very few women like her.

“If I myself dominate myself,
if my thoughts revolve round myself,
if I am so occupied with myself I rarely

have a heart at leisure from itself,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If the praise of others elates me
and their blame depresses me;
if I cannot rest under misunderstanding
without defending myself;
if I love to be loved more than to love,
to be served more than to serve,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success,
so that it never crosses my mind, or if it does,
is never given room there; if the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If my interest in the work of others is cool;
if I think in terms of my own special work;
if the burdens of others are not my burdens too,
and their joys mine,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

Amy Carmichael

“If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it,
because the spirit of discernment is not in me,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

Amy Carmichael

I have been thinking lately how much I underestimate God’s expectations of me. When I consider the life this woman, how she served and sacrificed for Christ and others, I am horrified by my laziness, failure, and complacency. Do I know nothing of Calvary’s love? Lately, I wonder.

The Saxophone Player: “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

www.youtube.com/watch

One of the churches that supports us as missionaries asked The Saxophone Player, my husband, to record a ministry update and saxophone solo. I thought you might like to hear his solo.

God bless you today!❤️

Quotes to Consider: Love Is

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, CJB

Love
is patient
and kind,
not jealous,
not boastful,
not proud, rude or selfish,
not easily angered,

and it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love
does not gloat over other people’s sins
but takes its delight in the truth.

Love
always bears up,
always trusts,

always hopes,
always endures.

LOVE IS square

Please, Don’t Tolerate Me

When the Saxophone Player went to ask my Mother for my hand in marriage, she famously said to him, “Are you sure you want to marry her? She is a very difficult person.”

He was willing to take his chances, and forever I have a story that reminds me of something quite important: I may be a very difficult person, but some people think I am worth the trouble.

I do work hard at not being a difficult person, and I have changed over the years, but I am afraid the work of perfecting Caroline will not end until she meets Jesus face-to-face.

So, I have learned to depend on love. I depend on people loving me, lumps and all. Taking me as I am, praying for me to be a more Christ-like person, but loving me until I am. I don’t know where I’d be without that love.  Alone in a closet, I guess.

And, you know, I’d rather be alone in a closet, than with people who are only tolerating me. Please, don’t tolerate me! If you don’t love me, my offenses will always be unforgivable to you, and for me that would be unbearable. Love me, or leave me.

There is a verse I learned when I was six-years-old in Missionettes, but I did not fully understand it until years later:

“Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

In other words, we’re all difficult! At least sometimes, in some ways, we all have things about us that others do not delight in, but that they are bearing with us, because they love the Lord. The following verse, Galatians 6:3 , tells us that if we think we are too good to put up with each other’s shortcomings, we are badly deceived.

The Bible has so much to say to us about how we treat one other. If only we paid more attention.

“And above all things have fervent love for one another,  for love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8)

Love covers a multitude of sins, and I am grateful for those who love me enough, and love the Lord enough, to bear with difficult me. It’s that simple, you know?