“…People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives… and when the bubble has burst they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.”
~ Nate Saint
Ironically, most of us probably know the statement by Nate Saint’s co-worker, Jim Elliot:
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” (see here for a scanned image of this quote in Elliot’s own handwriting)
Again, I see no real need for adding my own ramblings to such simple yet profound statements by two saints (pun intended) who not only wrote and spoke of great faith, but who lived and died by such words and by such faith.
I’m certainly not qualified to speak after these men of faith and action. But of course, you knew I would!
If I may make one simple observation, and perhaps, if I could have conversed in person with Nate Saint, I might have ventured to mention to him that it is not only “people who do not know the Lord” who may question why anyone would waste his or her life as a missionary, I’m very sorry to add, that even among supposed Christians, this same question sometimes comes up. May it never be! I’m afraid it sometimes is true.
May God help us to see the world and our few breaths here in it as He sees them and may we be men and women of faith who are indeed, no fools.