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March 20, 2010 / joelmalm

Dr. Livingstone I presume…

Yesterday was Dr. David Livingstone’s birthday.  He was a missionary in Africa.  Below is a quote from a speech he gave at Cambridge.  I don’t think he could have better expressed how I feel about living on the mission field.

“For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. . . . Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter? Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege. Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.”

I am absolutely convinced that you cannot make a sacrifice for God.  He won’t let you.  The bolder you get in serving him the more he blesses you with unimaginable rewards. (That’s my quote!)

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