I FINALLY finished it: Three Cups of Tea. I've been distracted lately--distracted but determined to finish this book that I started at least a month ago. I had to renew it once. Three Cups of Tea is the story of one man, Greg Mortenson, who relentlessly pursued the task of building schools in some of the wildest parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Two specific quotes inspired me - the first, words of Patsy Collins to Mortenson at a time when he had been receiving threatening letters because of his mission to educate primarily Muslim students around the time of 9/11. She wrote: "Get out, don't be afraid, and spread your message for peace. Make this your finest hour."
The second quote that inspired me was what was written on a porcelain pendent that Julia Bergman wore around her neck: "I want to be used up when I die."
Jesus said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 10:39). Some of the most crippling temptations in my life involve "fearing" and "finding"--fearing pain (physical pain and the pain of rejection) and "finding" myself (finding my "niche") Jesus calls me to lose and use up my life for HIS sake. By His grace, I want to be used up when I die!