Monday, February 25, 2008

Monday Musings on Faithfulness

I've been pondering this line for a few days now: All That is Gold Does Not Glitter.

It is so true isn't it? The really sweet things in life, ministry, and faithfulness are not glamorous. Often, those things that please the heart of God do not get published in the newspaper or commemorated by a plaque. How many faithful, gospel-loving missionaries are out there right now doing what God has called them to do, without one ounce of "glitter."

Hospital visits do not glitter.
An hour on your knees in private does not glitter.
Sharing the gospel over a cup of coffee does not glitter.
Memorizing a chapter of Scripture does not glitter.
Building a church for a poor village does not glitter.
Holding a sick orphan does not glitter.
Ending this blog post to feed my son does not glitter...


Anonymous said...

Justin, this is a taste of faithful missionaries ministering to orphans.

Not glittering at all, but 100% love and kindness.


Michelle said...

Hi, :) Lisa who commented above, suggested I drop by! I love your post. I think these things glitter, but just not the way most people think glittering ought to look to them! :)

Anonymous said...

The line "All that is gold does not glitter" comes from J.R.R. Tolkien from the Lord of the Rings, Book One of the Fellowship of the Ring. It is a description of Aragorn in Chapter 10 "Strider":

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not whither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

Tolkien had a way with words. Hope you are doing well Justin.

Chris Mitchell

laura said...

helping jeanna with the babies- might not glitter to the world, but trust me, it glitters to her.

changing a diaper doesn't glitter, but it sure makes things smell sweeter. thanks for reminding me in my un-glittery life that i'm not doing it for the glitter, i'm doing it for His Glory.