“…strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy.” — Colossians 1:11
Many years ago a young woman named Anne Walter Fearn went to China as a medical missionary. Her mother was terribly anxious about Anne’s safety on the trip. She gave the young missionary a twenty-dollar gold piece with which to send back one word by cable on her arrival, the word “safe.”
Young Anne spent the money for the cablegram, but she did not send the word “safe.” She sent another one-word cable: “Delighted.” The word “delighted” is far more jubilant and a far more Christian word than “safe.” Many people live their entire life and never get beyond the word “safe.”
There is no exuberance in their discipleship, no risk or adventure in their living for Christ. Jesus offers something better: “Enter into the joy of the Lord.”
Be delighted in Him today! Thrill at the opportunity to serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Let’s enter into the joy of the Lord and remember: He did not call us to live safely, but to take up our cross and follow Him!