"An old Roman coin was found on which was a picture of an ox, one of the servants of man. The ox was facing two things, an altar and a plough. The inscription read, 'Ready for either.' "
When I read this quote for the first time nearly fifteen years ago, the words had a profound effect on me, and I've never forgotten them. They can be found in one of my favorite books, Evidence Not Seen, about missionary Darlene Deibler Rose. I think I can honestly say they define how I want to live my life. They're brave words. I'm not brave. But every day, I ask for the grace to aspire to them.
Once I started reading this I couldn't put it down. I'm not very good at writing book reviews, but I can tell you this: Darlene had remarkable strength, surviving four years in an infamous prison camp in the jungles of New Guinea during World War II. Despite great personal loss, she rejected bitterness, served the broken, and conquered her enemies with love. She walked her talk. She was a very real person. She is one of my heroes.
How about you...who are your heroes?
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