IF the praise of man elates me and his blame depresses me; IF I cannot rest under misunderstanding without defending myself; IF I love to be loved more than to love, to be served more than to serve, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF something I am asked to do for another feels burdensome; IF, yielding to an inward unwillingness, I avoid doing it, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I become entangled in any "inordinate affection"; IF things or places or people hold me back from obedience to my Lord, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF there be any reserve in my giving to Him who so loved that He gave His Dearest for me; IF there be a secret "but" in my prayer, "Anything but that, Lord," then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it, because the spirit of discernment is not in me, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF interruptions annoy me, and private cares make me impatient; IF I shadow the souls about me because I myself am shadowed, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF I am inconsiderate about the comfort of others, or their feelings, or even of their little weaknesses; IF I am careless about their little hurts and miss opportunities to smooth their way; IF I make the sweet running of household wheels more difficult to accomplish, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF monotony tries me, and I cannot stand drudgery; IF stupid people fret me and little ruffles set me on edge; IF I make much of the trifles of life, then I know nothing of Calvary's love.
IF by doing some work which the undiscerning consider "not spiritual work" I can best help others, and I inwardly rebel, thinking it is the spiritual for which I crave, when in truth it is the interesting and exciting, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
IF the care of a soul (or a community) be entrusted to me, and I consent to subject it to weakening influences, because the voice of the world--my immediate Christian world--fills my ears, 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.