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.
IF I refuse to be a corn of wheat that falls into the ground and dies ("is separated from all in which it lived before"), then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF the love that "alone maketh light of every heavy thing, and beareth evenly every uneven thing" is not my heart's desire, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I make much of anything appointed, magnify it secretly to myself or insidiously to others; IF I let them think it "hard"; IF I look back longingly upon what used to be, and linger among the byways of memory, so that my power to help is weakened, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I wonder why something trying is allowed, and press for prayer that it may be removed; IF I cannot be trusted with any disappointment, and cannot go on in peace under any mystery; then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I avoid being "plowed under," with all that such plowing entails, of rough handling, isolation, uncongenial situations, strange tests, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF when an answer I did not expect comes to a prayer which I believed I truly meant; I shrink back from it; IF the burden my Lord asks me to bear be not the burden of my heart's choice, and I fret inwardly and do not welcome His will, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF my interest in the work of others is cool; IF I think in terms of my own special work; IF the burdens of others are not my burdens too, and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I slip into the place that can be filled by Christ alone, making myself the first necessity to a soul instead of leading it to fasten upon Him, 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.