There's so much I want to say about these women, but I know I can't do them justice. I'm reminded again today how much I love reading history. The history of people who lived for God is all the more interesting to me, because beyond history, it's also encouragement for me today, and a reminder of the legacy I want to leave behind at my death. Of all the remarkable stories in this book, I have to share this one that I read this morning from the life of Helen Roseveare:
Opening his Bible at Galatians 2:20, he drew a straight line in the dirt floor with his heel. "I," he said, "the capital I in our lives, Self, is the great enemy.... Helen... the trouble with you is that we can see so much Helen that we cannot see Jesus. I notice that you drink much coffee," he continued... apparently going off on a tangent. "When they bring a mug ... to you ... you stand there holding it, until it is cool enough to drink. May I suggest that every time, as you stand and wait, you should just lift your heart to God and pray..." and as he spoke, he moved his heel in the dirt across the I he had previously drawn, "... Please, God, cross out the I."
There in the dirt was his lesson of simplified theology-- the Cross-- the crossed out I life.... "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me" (Galatians 2:20).
from Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God, by Noel Piper (p. 160)