Inconveniences, Insults, and Other Annoyances

“Everything about which we are tempted to complain may be the very instrument whereby the Potter intends to shape His clay into the image of His Son–a headache, an insult, a long line at the check-out, someone’s rudeness or failure to say thank you, misunderstanding, disappointment, interruption. As Amy Carmichael said, ‘See in it a chance to die,’ meaning a chance to leave self behind…” (Elisabeth Elliot)

If I had my way, my life would run smoothly and everything would go my way and everything I want would happen instantly and my days would be filled with comfort . . . and I would never grow or learn anything. I’d be stuck in a rut and eventually would find dissatisfaction even with the good parts of my life.

All those interruptions and insults are grating to be sure, but they are also God’s means of shaping and sculpting me. If the end goal is Christlikeness, then these means are definitely worth it. If I truly understood what it meant to be conformed into the likeness of God’s own Son, then I would rejoice in all these things and think the price a small one to pay. I’d probably see my life very differently and have way different priorities.

At the end of the day, that’s what matters most — me looking more like Jesus. That’s it. It’s me looking like Jesus and pointing to Jesus in my daily life so that others are attracted to Him and want what He offers.

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