Sunday, September 09, 2018

Carmichael: the trifles

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when he stumbles, do not let your heart rejoice,
or the LORD will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from him.
Do not fret because of evil men
    or be envious of the wicked,
for the evil man has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
    —Proverbs 24:17-20 (NIV)
    If monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; if stupid people fret me and the little ruffles set me on edge; if I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
    ... Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), If [1938], London: SPCK, 1961, p. 44 (see the book)
    See also Pr. 24:17-20; Ps. 37:1-3; 103:10; Jas. 1:5; 1 Pet. 2:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, restrain my self-centeredness.
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