The story is told of a young soldier who came back home from the war in Vietnam. When out with some family and friends he was pressed for some war stories, but he deflected by saying nothing dramatic happened to him. His family and friends were unsatisfied by the answer and pestered him, believing that he was being too modest.
In her book The Path of Loneliness, Elisabeth Elliot tells of those early struggles to get up in the morning and go through the day without Jim at her side. Jim had been martyred for Christ in 1956 seeking to reach the Waorani people of Ecuador with the gospel. Adjusting to that loss and carrying that pain, Elisabeth had to learn simply to put one foot in front of the other in her daily walk of faith.
During the American Civil War, Senator Charles Sumner, captured by his grand plans for the abolition of slavery, was asked by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”) to meet some friends who had suffered grievously because of slavery. To her surprise, the Senator declined and dismissed the request in a condescending manner: “Really, Julia, I have lost all interest in individuals.” She shot back: “Why, Charles, God hasn’t got as far as that yet.”
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