Do you remember the 45 American missionaries thrown into foreign prison for sharing their faith? These men and women faced years in harsh conditions.
While waiting to hear about their appeal, the Christians held a meeting. Their leader said, "Whether we're released now or serve our sentence, when we get out, I've determined to seek even harsher and more desperate places to serve."
He asked for a show of hands. Who would go with him? Every hand went up.
This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Our human response to tough times is to try to change the circumstances. God's response is to change us. Trusting Him in our low times, we can claim ever higher ground . . . in the high calling of our daily work.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Rom. 12:2)