Tuesday, April 20, 2010

How Dare You!

If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

What Do I Know of Calvary Love?
by Amy Carmichael

Ow, Ow, OW!

How dare you, Amy Carmichael, calling me out like that!

Are you saying if I don't have patience and a long suffering spirit I truly don't understand Christ's sacrifice?

Are you saying I'm too concerned about my own comfort?

Are you saying there's no room for pansies in Christendom?

Are you saying quit your complaining and get to work?

Are you saying I'm self-centered and egotistical when I sweat the small stuff?

Sadly yes.

How dare you bring this guilt trip on me, pointing out what I like to term human frailties and suggesting I'm a spoiled brat. Do you know nothing of charity and mercy?

And yet I imagine Jesus watching me, witnessing my little pity parties, my temper tantrums, my over the top reactions to minor inconveniences and thinking the same thing with a tear in his eye.

How dare you, Tami.

How dare you get tripped up in the little things when I gave so much. How dare you get caught up in the meaningless and temporary, thinking you
deserve better. Have I not already given you all? Is there anything more important than life everlasting with Me?

And He is right, of course. What I deserve is life in hell. His MERCY gave me an alternative.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:29-32

Join this week's host, Patricia at Typing One-Handed for more thoughts on this quote.

Photo Credit: pm107uk


MiPa said...

Well said my friend! These are some of the hard lessons I've been learning this year--and you'll see in my post that some of the hard work finally paid off. I only hope that it becomes more of a habit to see God in the those circumstances and not take the much easier road of irritation.

Patricia said...

Wonderful! I am going to have to print this post and put it on my bulletin board to remind myself of the reason I picked Amy Carmichael's quote in the first place.

Thank you so much for participating!

Brenda said...


Nic said...

Love it! What an awesome perspective on the IOW! I always enjoy your posts. :-)

Ouch is right! God's word can be painful in situations where we are fighting against the goad. (Interestingly enough, my word verification today is "goaden" - LOL!)

Debbie said...

You hit the nail on its head, that's for sure! What a good and needed reminder though. Wow Tami, thanks for the wakeup call.

Loved your post.


Karen said...

That was really great Tami. Boy if that shoe doesn't fit I don't know what does. Thanks

Jaime Kubik said...

I agree with Brenda...Double OUCH! Thank you for saying words that I needed to hear. Awesome!

e-Mom said...

Now THAT is an amazing quote by Amy Carmichael. I admit, I've never read her, so I can't say I know anything about her. But from the language, she's from another era, right?

I also like your Ephesians passage... that's more of an OUCH for me! OW, ow, ow!