George Bernard Shaw was not a Christian, but rather, an atheist. He and the marvelous follower of Jesus, G.K. Chesterton, had a lifelong delightful battle of wit and wisdom. They deeply respected one another and maintained a kind but vigorous public debate.
Here is my favorite quote from Shaw. Even though he says he has rejected the Christian faith, it is easy to see that his words are rooted in the wisdom and ways of Scripture. In fact, I think every sentence, phrase, and word could be applied to Jesus.
This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.
I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.
I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no “brief candle” for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
I have often pondered and prayed through this quote. It captures my heart and passion. It fuels my persistence to help the people I love flourish.
Imagine what God can do with a community of Spirit-filled, Christ-like followers who believe and live like this! Imagine the deeds and names that would be added to Hebrews 11!
May, by the good grace of our Father, this be true for all of us. For today, I’ll be satisfied if it is true for many of us. This is a high vision of the Christian life lived for the sake of God and the world he loves.
Burning brightly with you,