Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept Thy will for my life. I give myself, my time, my all, utterly to Thee to be Thine forever. Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit. Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt, work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever."

These are the words of Betty Stam, a Christian killed in China during the 1930s. Betty and her husband, John, were murdered by communists during the Chinese Civil War, leaving their baby daughter behind. This quotation captures the desires of a heart fully committed to serving Christ. Would to God that we each may have this same desire and pray each morning as we wake. I must confess that I fall so short of such commitment.

*This quotation was taken from "A Woman After God's Own Heart," by Elizabeth George. The information about Betty Stam can be found here.