“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” ~Jim Elliot
Not long after Jim Elliot wrote those words, he, Nate Saint, and three missionary friends were speared to death by natives known to other Ecuadorian tribes as Aucas, “savages.”
Astonishingly, Jim’s widow and Nate’s sister persisted. Curious as to how these women could possibly forgive them, the Aucas allowed Elisabeth, Rachel, and their children to come and live among them. Just a few years later, Nate’s son Steve was baptized–by two of the men who’d murdered his father–in the river where his father had died.
God’s love is sharper than any spear.
At first a dozen, then hundreds, and eventually thousands of lives were transformed. By a decision to give what cannot be kept in exchange for what cannot be lost.
God, make me such a fool.