IF the ultimate, the hardest, cannot be asked of me; IF my fellows hesitate to ask it and turn to someone else, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I ask to be delivered from trial rather than for deliverance out of it, to the praise of His glory; IF I forget that the way of the cross leads to the cross and not to a bank of flowers; IF I regulate my life on these lines, or even unconsciously my thinking, so that I am surprised when the way is rough and think it strange, though the word is, "Think it not strange," "Count it all joy," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
An exert from Amy Carmichael's book, IF. This is a deep devotional book from the hand and heart of a dear Christian servant who gave her life to reach out to the "forsaken and abused" children of the world. I leave no comment of my own. Let your heart "hear" the message of Amy's soul and ask the Holy Spirit to apply it's message to your own. - Pastor Eckardt
The current blog entries feature IF quotes from Amy Carmichael, who was a Protestant Christian missionary that served in India for 55 years without furlough and wrote many books about the missionary work there.