Friday, September 01, 2006

Jim Elliott on Starting High School

Here is what Jim Elliott wrote to his sister Jane as she was preparing to enter High School:

“Begin each day with private reading of the Word and prayer. Bunyan has well said, ‘Sin will keep you from this Book, or this Book will keep you from sin.’ From the very first, as you begin high school, give out gospel tracts to those you meet. Make a bold start – it’s easier that way, rather than trying to begin halfway through. Memorize Scripture on the street car. Buy up the time! It’s costly because it’s so fleeting. These are terse remarks, and trite, but I wish someone had said them to me about Labour Day, 1941. ‘Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of Truth.”- Shadow of the Almighty, 38-39.

Elliott was later to die a martyr on the mission field... the same man who said, "He is no fool who loses what he cannot keep, in order to gain what he cannot lose."

Why not challenge a few High Schoolers you know with this excellent advice!