Friday, August 14, 2009

what is the harm of it?

"We often ask the question, 'what is the harm of it?' - about reading certain books, following certain pursuits, taking our recreation in certain ways. Perhaps we have been (working hard) and need a change of thought and rest of brain. What is the harm of the latest novel, even if it happens to be rather unprofitable? And we (who have not the time to read one out of a thousand of the real books that have been written) spend a precious hour by deliberate choice over something not worthwhile. We long to live life to the uttermost, to touch souls to eternal issues. Entire separation to Christ and devotion to Him is required. Is there no other path to reach our goal? There is not. Ours should not be the love that asks, 'how little?' but 'how much?'; the love that pours out its all and revels in the joy of having anything to pour on the feet of its Beloved. The question 'what is the harm?' falls from us and is forgotten when we see Calvary, the Crucified, the risen-again Rabboni of our souls!"

- Amy Carmichael, God's Missionary


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