Never pass up an opportunity to keep your mouth shut.
Elisabeth Elliot, Passion and Purity (Revell, 2002), p. 63.
This tickled me so much when I read it. I will have to say that I have often failed to heed the sage advice given here. Are you waiting for God to do something big in your life? Do not run ahead of Him. Do not take matters into your own hands. Keep your mouth shut! Remember with patience—cheerful endurance—that God is working on your behalf to prepare the answer to your request, and He is preparing your heart to receive it. Perhaps He is simply waiting for you to be silent.
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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.