"My fife is but o weaving Between my Lord and me: I cannot choose the colors: He worketh steadily. Ofttimes He weaveth sorrow, And I in foolish pride Forget He sees the upper, And I, the under side.
"Not till the loom is silent And the shuttles cease to fly, Shall God unroll the canvas And explain the reason why The dark threads are as needful In the Weaver's skillful hand As the threads of gold and silver In the pattern He has planned.
*7ee*taye 07'itoc*ptfeA able to see it. As far as my life work or life partner I am leaving it in His hands and am willing to do anything He says. I feel that this philosophy is very practical and can be applied to every day life. Every decision can be taken to the Lord in prayer and the peace that comes from knowing Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour is something many cannot understand. Many search for a purpose and reason for life. I know that I am on this earth to have fellowship with God and to win others to the saving knowledge of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know that after death I will go to be with Him forever. Jesus Christ teaches love and respect for everyone throughout the New Testament and we are not to judge anyone because He will on the judg ment day. In God’s sight no one person is worth any more than an other. Knowing and loving Jesus Christ personally makes me want to please Him and accomplish things for His glory. Paul says in the New Testa ment, “Whatsoever ye do, do it all to the glory of God” and “ For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain” . This philosophy contains all of the seven points given in your lecture of April 20th. As I stated in the be ginning, it is very (1) practical to have someone to turn to for any de cision or problem, small or large. What could be more (2) optimistic than knowing that God has a pur pose and plan for one’s life and is willing to keep in constant fellowship with anyone who will. To know I
have accepted Jesus Christ’s gift of Salvation and will have eternal life in Heaven is a most wonderful thing and brings peace to my heart. God has the best for us and if we let Him He will improve our lives and solve our problems. (3) God in His Holy Word teaches us to have love and burden for every person as Jesus Christ Himself. (4) One of my main purposes in life is to share this ex perience I have had with Christ and to show them the peace and happiness that it brings. (5) This is an im portant goal in itself, but more com pletely, my aim in life is to accom plish what the Lord has for me to do, which is certainly the most worth while goal in life. (6) The closer I grow to Him the more happiness I find and the busier I am. He has things for me that the world could never offer and I learn to appreciate more and more how fortunate I am. (7) God’s standards are higher than anything attainable and present a great challenge and make me realize how futile it would be for me to do the best I could, because I, being hu man, could never reach God’s stand ards, and therefore never be worthy of entering Heaven. God has given me contact with the best; in His world, in my bom again friends, and in my fellowship with Jesus Christ. It is well known that the highest beauty, truth, justice, and goodness is found in God’s Word. This is my philosophy, and yet it is not mine, but I am God’s, and what ever I have is His and I have faith that He is the only answer and I do love Him so.
On Saturday afternoon, June 6 of this year, a seventeen-year-old Chris tian girl, Karen Ruth Johnson, riding home to Los Angeles with her friends, was suddenly snatched into the pres ence of the Lord. The group of Youth for Christ teenagers had gone to Palm Springs to make arrangements for the wedding of two in the party. They expected to reach home in time for that evening’s YFC rally. A ll of a sudden, an oncoming car crashed over the double line smashing head on into the teenagers. The other car, being driven by a drunken serviceman, had been travelling at 85 miles per hour. It was fust two days before the col lision, Thursday, June 4, that Karen had prepared a special school assign ment, “M y Philosophy of Life.” It was presented to her teacher the next day, who rightly commented: “A beautiful philosophy! Not many stu dents, at this age, feel free to write in such a personal way.” For the benefit of our readers, we would like to open this month’s pub lication by printing here that sweet testimony. Our sincere appreciation to Karen’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed ward Johnson for their permission in doing so. May these thoughts be a lasting challenge to our hearts, for Karen “ being dead, y et speaketh.” June 5, 1959 MY PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE by Karen Ruth Johnson My philosophy of life is based on the Holy Bible and the God that wrote it. I know that He has a plan for my life and through daily prayer and reading of His Word I will be
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