Monday, April 15, 2013

Serving On Our Own Steam or On His Power

The Convalescent by Charles Baugniet, 1880

"If we serve others because we expect to be rewarded with warm feelings of the praise of others, we will eventually be disappointed and perhaps turn bitter and cynical. If we try to serve on our power, we will inevitably run out of steam or let our sinful motives sully our efforts. If we focus on following Jesus, however, in loving people as He loved and loving others because He loved us, we will find a buffer for our disappointment. And if we give out of obedience to Him and in dependence on the Holy Spirit, we will both be empowered and sustained."

~Sally Clarkson
The Mission of Motherhood

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