Quote from "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss

"She says I shall now have one mouth more to fill and two feet the more to shoe, more disturbed nights, more laborious days, and less leisure or visiting, reading, music and drawing.

Well! This is one side of the story, to be sure, but I look at the other.

Here is a sweet, fragrant mouth to kiss; here are two more feet to make music with their pattering about my nursery. Here is a soul to train for God; and the body in which dwells is worthy of all it will cost, since it is the abode of a kingly tenant. I may see less of friends, but I have gained one dearer than them all, to whom, while I minister in Christ's name, I make a willing sacrifice of what little leisure for my own recreation my other dear darlings had left me. Yes, my precious baby, you are welcome to her time, her strength, her health, her tenderest cares, to her lifelong prayers! Oh, how rich I am, how truly, wondrously blest!"

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Take the Pill

My adult daughter Sally is extremely bright and full of life, but she is dying.  She received a bad report in the mail that the doctor found something wrong in her last routine visit and wishes to see her right away.  Nervously, we go to the our family's physician, the same who has seen her since birth,  who prescribes a drug that will fully cure her.  He is so concerned that he immediately phones in the prescription to the pharmacy and even offers to pay it for her because it's extremely expensive and honestly, there is no way either of us could afford it.  Returning from the pharmacy for her, I rush into her home and give her the prescription.  She informs me that she isn't interested in taking it right now.  She states that for one she feels great, and secondly she read online that she can just take another pill that is cheaper and just as effective.  Heartbroken, I try my best to persuade her that this is only way she will live.  She refuses.  I call the physician and I ask him is there any legal way that I can make her take this prescription since we know this is the only way she will live.  He informs me that legally you can never make a patient take medicine.  They must choose to receive it on their own.  Over time, I watch Sally's life deteriorate.  She keep's turning to cheap alternatives to the one drug that would save her because she believes they are cheaper, more natural, and definitely a more hip alternative.  As heartbroken as I am as her mother, I'm surprised how hard her physician takes the news.

In reality, we are all dying.  Our bad report that is sent to us is that we are great sinners and all sinners, great and small, deserve death and hell.  The good news for us is the Great Physician has paid for our prescription in the form of His Son Jesus who became the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  Any alternative to Jesus is a cheapened alternative that will lead you to death and destruction even if only in the end.  Like the doctor in the story, God will never force you to accept Him.  You must come to Him by your own choice when He calls.  If God is calling you to offer you eternal life, won't you take that call and receive the prescription found in Jesus which is more than a ticket to heaven when you die but an opportunity to live a fulfilled life with Him now?

{Small disclaimer:  Since I'm already getting e-mails thinking this is really one of my children, it's not.  Just a story I woke up to this morning and decided to write.  It's an analogy of the true Gospel of God's overwhelming, redeeming love!!}

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