Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
A motto of mine for a loooong time has been: “When you are up to your “waist” in alligators, it is hard to remember that your original intent was to drain the swamp.” When you face difficulties from all sides, it is so easy to throw up your hands in resignation: “I QUIT!”
Joe Albright, of Dial Hope, quoted a piece by Elizabeth Elliot which helps me. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, were missionaries with the Auca Indians in Ecuador. When Jim was murdered, Elizabeth realized she had a choice: “resignation” or “acceptance.” Her perspective helps me:
Only in acceptance lies peace.
- “resignation” = surrender to fate
- “acceptance” = surrender to God;
- “resignation” = lie down quietly in an empty universe
- “acceptance” = rise to meet the God of purpose;
- “resignation” = “it’s all over for me”
- “acceptance” = “now that I’m here, what’s next for me, Lord?”
- “resignation” = “what a waste”
- “acceptance” = “in what redemptive way can you use this mess, Lord?”
“Acceptance” is not a passive tolerance of a bad situation– rather it calls for courage, risk, dedication, creativity, and dedication to trust our lives to God who will direct us as agents of redemption and wholeness.