“How can God work His will in me if I am clogged with wishes of my own? Thy will be done.”
I was certainly in a state! “Clogged with wishes.” I was wishing that my wishes were what God wished, and if my wishes were not what God wished, I wished that I could wish that my wishes would go away, but the wishes were still there.
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), p. 47.
I too have to be careful that I don’t become clogged with my own wishes instead of being open to whatever God’s best is for me.
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Elisabeth Elliot’s writing has greatly influenced my life, even as a grown married woman. I truly wish someone had introduced me to her works when I was a teenager, but I am learning that it is never too late to incorporate the principles she teaches: namely, that passion is not sinful and purity is not prudish. Nor are they mutually exclusive. You can have both.