One of the books I am currently reading is a biography of the life of Dr. David Livingstone… entitled, The Daring Heart of David Livingstone, written by Jay Milbrandt. Dr. Livingstone was a fascinating man.
On one occasion, as he stood before a group in order to explain his work in Africa, he spoke of his call to be a missionary:
“Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? 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 words in such a view and with such a thought!
“It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather that 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.”
What a perspective! Would that we would all… including myself… view our lives and ministry in such a way!!