荒漠甘泉12/02

荒漠甘泉∕12 月2日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 「因受苦難得以完全。」(希伯來書二章10節)


  偉人並不是奢侈造成的,乃是苦難造成的


  有一個母親,帶了一個瘸腿而又駝背的孩子回來,當他兒子的玩伴。她曾警告她的兒子,要十分當心 ,不要用言語去傷這殘廢孩子的心:只要好好地和他玩耍,當他為一個普通的孩子。當他們玩耍的時候, 她暗暗地偷聽她兒子說些什麼;過了幾分鐘,他對他的玩伴說:「你知道你背上所背的是什麼嗎?」小駝背大為受窘,答不出一句話來。他說:「這是一個裝翅膀的匣子;有一天,神要替你打開來;那時, 你就能像天使一樣飛行了。」

  有一天,神必讓每一個基督徒看見:他們現在所抵擋的,乃是祂所用的工具,為要叫他們完全。祂要他們成為磨光的石子,好用以建造天上的殿宇。 ── 麥友(Cortland Myers)


  苦難對於人格的培植,是一種奇妙的肥料。人生的偉大目的,是培植人格,惟有人格,是我們能夠帶入永恒的東西……試煉的目的,就是要我們獲得高尚的人格。──斐爾潑斯(Austin Phelps)


走盡荊棘路,能登異象山

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“Perfect through suffering.” (Heb. 2:10.)


Steel is iron plus fire. Soil is rock, plus heat, or glacier crushing.  Linen is flax plus the bath that cleans, the comb that separates, and the flail that pounds, and the shuttle that weaves. Human character must have a plus attached to it. The world does not forget great characters. But great characters are not made of luxuries, they are made by suffering.


I heard of a mother who brought into her home as a companion to her own son, a crippled boy who was also a hunchback. She had warned her boy to be very careful in his relations to him, and not to touch the sensitive part of his life but go right on playing with him as if he were an ordinary boy. She listened to her son as they were playing; and after a few minutes he said to his companion: “Do you know what you have got on your back?” The little hunchback was embarrassed, and he hesitated a moment. The boy said: “It is the box in which your wings are; and some day God is going to cut it open, and then you will fly away and be an angel.”


Some day, God is going to reveal the fact to every Christian, that the very principles they now rebel against, have been the instruments which He used in perfecting their characters and moulding them into perfection, polished stones for His great building yonder. --- Cortland Myers.


Suffering is a wonderful fertilizer to the roots of character. The great object of this life is character. This is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity….To gain the most of it and the best of it is the object of probation. --- Austin Phellps.


“By the thorn road and no other is the mount of vision won.”

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