我從未犧牲過什麽(I never made a sacrifice)

就個人而言,我從未停止因神所給我的這一位份而感到欣喜。(譯者注:李文斯頓是指神讓他爲了宣教,而深入非洲探險的位份。)

人們談論著我在非洲花費的光陰,好像那是一個巨大的犧牲…

可你想過嗎?若與我們虧欠神的、那永遠無法償還的巨債相比,這些「犧牲」實際上不過是滄海一粟。這樣看來,你覺得那還能算「犧牲」嗎?

當我所作的一切,帶來有益的互動、行善的良知、平安的心靈、和今世之後的榮耀盼望,那這還算是犧牲嗎?

不要再用犧牲的眼光來看待或思考(呼召或位份)!這絕對不算犧牲。相反,我稱這是一個權利。

無論是現在還是以前:焦慮、疾病、痛苦、危險、捨棄常有的便利、和今生的舒適等,都可能讓我們駐足不前或靈性動搖,甚至情緒低沉。雖然如此,這都不過是暫時的。若與那將要顯給我們的榮耀相比,這些其實都算不得什麼。

我竊以為:我從未犧牲過什麽。

– 非洲宣教士戴維•李文斯頓,英國劍橋大學,1857年12月4日。

For my own part, I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office.

People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa.

Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?

Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward in healthful activity, the consciousness of doing good, peace of mind, and a bright hope of a glorious destiny hereafter?

Away with the word in such a view, and with such a thought! It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.

Anxiety, sickness, suffering, or danger, now and then, with a foregoing of the common conveniences and charities of this life, may make us pause, and cause the spirit to waver, and the soul to sink; but let this only be for a moment. All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us.

I never made a sacrifice.

- African missionary David Livingstone, Cambridge University, December 4, 1857.

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