Jumping Chasms

Friday, Dec. 30

David Lloyd George was Prime Minister of England during WW I.  He made a statement that has been remembered by many over the years.  “A politician is a person with whose politics you don’t agree; if you agree with him he’s a statesman.” Nice distinction.  Since he was a liberal  and led Britain into socialism (He was also a womanizer), I would label him a politician, not  a statesman.  But that’s not why I’m writing this blog.  He also said “Don’t hesitate to take a big step if one is indicated.  You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”  When I ran across this statement it reminded me of a few big steps I’ve taken in my life.  I think it would be fair to call them “leaps of faith.”  The first leap of faith for me was the biggest one in my life.  It was when I believed in Christ and became a child of God.  The second one was when I accepted the call to become a foreign missionary.  That, in turn, became the launching pad for the third leap of faith, marriage.  When Elizabeth and I started dating, we both checked each other to make sure we were on the same launching pad.  The fourth leap of faith was joining New Tribes Mission.  All four of these leaps of faith were accomplished—all credit to God.  The thing to remember in all this is to know that God is orchestrating it—that he wants you to jump and that he will not allow a crash landing.  The same principles pertain to lesser jumps, of course.  We should look to him for every move we make.  So if you’re contemplating a big change in you life, don’t bother making New Year’s resolutions.  Just trust God and move ahead on faith.  OK, I’ve strayed a long way from Lloyd George’s quip.  But he did remind me of God’s input into my life.

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