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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Am the Donkey

I am taking a break this week from our Proverbs 31 series to focus on the message of Easter. Next week I will return to this series.

Word Filled Wednesday:
I Corinthians 3:5-7 "What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe - as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow."

As I reflected this past Sunday on John 12:13, Palm Sunday and those who cheered "Hosanna! Hosanna!" as Jesus rode upon a donkey - I remembered something I once heard Elizabeth Elliot say. She said "as the people cheered for Jesus, the donkey did not pause and accept the praise as his own. It was the rider who was being praised - NOT the donkey."

In the same way, as I carry Jesus to the world via my blog, facebook, twitter, and youtube, I am reminded that all praise I receive belongs to Jesus. Apart from him I can do nothing. And apart from his word, I literally have nothing worthy to blog about.

I am the donkey carrying Jesus to the world and I pray that at the end of the day it is Jesus in me you see. I Corinthians 3:7 sums up my feelings "So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow."

I am nothing - just simply a planter - God is everything and as the missionary David Livingston once said "People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa... I never made a sacrifice. We ought not to talk of 'sacrifice' when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father's Throne on high to give Himself for us."

No sacrifice is too great for Jesus. It is not a sacrifice to submit to my husband - it is my honor. It is not a sacrifice to care for my children - it is my honor. It is not a sacrifice to care for my home - it is my honor. And it is not a sacrifice to daily be a donkey carrying God's truth to my blog readers - it is my honor.

I pray today that in your sphere of influence, you would find it an honor to carry Jesus to everyone who crosses your path inside and outside your home. My pastor said Sunday in his sermon: "If the message doesn't get out via us, it doesn't get out!" We must share the love of Jesus with the world!

Love God, love your husband, love your children and take Jesus to the world - shine like lights in the darkness! It is an honor!

Walk with the King!
I am participating in Seven Clown Circus Wordful Wednesday. and 5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday.

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Blogger Theresa said...

Beautifully said.

March 31, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Anonymous ozjane said...

I also love to remember that it was a colt that no one had ridden before...untamed..yet it knew the Master. May we be so biddable and obedient in the face of crowds and loud noises etc.

March 31, 2010 at 8:02 AM  
Blogger Daughter of the KING said...

Oh, if only to be the donkey bringing Jesus to the hurting women of the world. What an honor that would be...

March 31, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Thank you for the post and the reminder that the things we do are nothing if we don't have the Lord as the center and motivation. It reminds me of Paul's words at the end of 1 Corinthians that I read this morning. I hold Paul and his inspired writings in such esteem, but am humbled by the way he viewed himself. "For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed." (1 Corinthians 15:9-11) I appreciate your willingness to be used of the Lord to encourage women in our personal relationships with Him, which trickles down to all of the intricacies, focus and relationships in our lives.

March 31, 2010 at 8:05 AM  
Blogger Courtney (Women Living Well) said...

Ozjane - thank you for that added thought - so true!

Jen - I LOVE Paul too - thank you for sharing what you learned during your quiet time this morning! It thrills my heart to hear you reading God's word in the morning - everyone follow Jen's example!!!!

Much Love,

March 31, 2010 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Joan said...

Courtney - I love this! So true - we are the messengers, it is not for our glory, but for the Glory of God.

May you have a joyful, blessed Easter.

March 31, 2010 at 8:38 AM  
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March 31, 2010 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger T. Ann said...

Thank you Courtney, for being here on the web and for the gentle reminders of the Honor it is to my Lord & Saviour in my repetetive daily tasks & responsibilites of being a Mom, housewife & Grandmother.
Have a joyful Easter Celebration.

March 31, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Missie said...

Great wisdom, thanks for sharing!

March 31, 2010 at 9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, only Him.

March 31, 2010 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nicely written. Thank you for the reminder and why we should celebrate this time of year.

March 31, 2010 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger Mama Llama said...

Love this! Thank you so much!

March 31, 2010 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Nic said...

That is a wonderful post! One of my dear friends who has a great online ministry loves to call himself God's donkey. He said that he is just like the donkey who carried Christ. He is carrying the message that God gives him on a daily basis to the world.

A truly great reminder and post for the WFW! Thanks so much for sharing.

Happy Resurrection Week!

March 31, 2010 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger janenes said...

I just recently found your blog and am so inspired!

March 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Bobbi said...

Wonderful! I just love E. Elliot...good to keep in mind around now too...with all the Cantatas etc...I'm just the donkey!

March 31, 2010 at 12:35 PM  
Blogger Chelle said...

Well said. Amen.

March 31, 2010 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger lori said...

That was beautifully, beautifully said...

peace to you...

March 31, 2010 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger JamericanSpice said...

It is very challenging and a battle most days, but yes it is worth it.

March 31, 2010 at 2:50 PM  
Anonymous Olivia said...

Good words. May I remember his humility and be much humbled myself this Easter season. Happy Easter!

March 31, 2010 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Life Is Crazy Beautiful said...

Awesome post...thanks!

March 31, 2010 at 5:03 PM  
Blogger Maurie said...

Thanks for reminding us that we are the bearer of the King! By the way, I am in need of help. You obviously have done a great job getting your blog read. I launched a blog just today. How can I get it posted or
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March 31, 2010 at 6:41 PM  
Blogger Stacey said...

This was a very touching post. I love how you write it is 'your honor' beautifully written:)

Thank You!

April 1, 2010 at 1:13 AM  

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