Thursday, September 10, 2009

The stream and its source

Hudson spoke these wise words to his missionaries, and I could not help but apply them to fathers and mothers:

"Very few have been long in connection with missions without hearing a great deal of the faults and failures of the native Christians. Is it not the case that their faults and failures are very much the reflection of our own?

What the spiritual children will be depends on what the spiritual father is....The stream will never rise highter than its source, but it will not fall far short of it, circumstances permitting. The hardness of heart which is a hindrance to the Gospel is not that of the hearers; it is the hardness of this heart of mine."

I want that perspective to be mine. It should go a long way toward cultivating much needed patience and graciousness.

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