Reading for your weekend

I've been reading some good stuff lately and I wanted to pass it along.  Below are some of the highlights of this week.

Jim Elliot's brother, Bert: The Hero you don't know.  

This week marks the 60 year anniversary of the deaths of Jim Elliot and his four missionary partners who were killed by the Auca people they were trying to reach with the Gospel.  What a legacy these men, not to mention Jim's widow, Elisabeth Elliot, left.   This article tells the story of Jim's brother, Bert: the sure, steady, faithfulness of a long life well lived.   

"In the kingdom of God, there is a great need for streaking meteors, but most of us won’t be that. We will instead be faint stars—husbands and fathers, wives and mothers. We will be accountants and teachers, business people, and students. We will go through life, day after day, doing very much the same thing tomorrow that we did today. The important thing for us to remember is that we are needed. There is a great need for people willing to chase the little donkeys of life, not because it’s exciting but because they believe in the constant presence and purpose of God. There is a great need for people willing to stand in the midst of the boring, convinced that there is no such thing as ordinary when you follow an extraordinary God."

Envy: Why I hate your borrowed glory. 

This one hits a little bit too close to home.  And for that, I love it.  

"And for me, the real travesty isn’t that somebody out there has been blessed with things I can’t even dream of. Oprah, Steve Jobs, Giselle—I don’t mind them so much. What really gets me is the glory I find in my own family, my own pew, my own backyard.  True envy usually flourishes among peers.

....Worship the glorious one. Look from him to the glory of his creation, and thank him wherever you find it. Look on beauty and be grateful. Look on truth and be grateful. Look on talent and be grateful. Thank him openly that your friend has the thing or gift he has. Ask the Father to grant you the heart, eventually, to feel that thanks reflexively."

The transition that never ends: 

Penang is a place where people come and go constantly.  There are ups and downs to this.  As a "stayer" in this season of my life, I've said goodbye to good friends but have met some amazing newbies too.  This article sums up everything we experience but never have the words for.  

"As long as you live abroad — TRANSITION NEVER STOPS.  Ever.  The big ones on either end are significant to be sure but it’s the little ones in the middle that will get you.  The incessant ones.  The ongoing ones.   The cyclical shifts and annual flip flops that never stop and that you never saw coming.  There are many, but by far, the most daunting  (at least where I live) is the revolving, evolving community of people."

My last recommendation is a book.  I've parked my self firmly in the biography section of the library lately, and I've unearthed many hidden treasures by pulling random books off the shelves.  I've discovered women like Darlene Diebler Rose, Esther Ahn Kim, Doris VanStone, and others who exemplified great faithfulness and sacrifice.  I also picked up a book by Noel Piper called Faithful Women and their Extraordinary God, which features the biographies of five women.  It's a great jumping off point if you want to start reading biographies.

Happy reading!

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