To hear the diary entries of this young man, even in his college years, reveals his heart of conviction. He did not want to be occupied with "nonessentials." He says after identifying God's call upon him to go to unreached people, "I only hope that He will let me preach to those who have never heard that name Jesus. What else is worth while in this life? I have heard of nothing better. 'Lord send me!'" These thoughts from a man occupied with essentials.
In my day-to-day of mommyhood to three young children, there can be moments that feel very mediocre, at best. But even in the day-to-day, the apparent mundane can be transformed to majestic as we set our eyes on the essentials. How encouraging to read of Jim's father's devotion in teaching his kids the reality of the Bible. He would sit them down every morning, while they squirmed in their seats, reading the Word, explaining that this Book was to be lived, "and that the life it depicted was a happy and rewarding one." And eventually they got it.
I am a dreamer. God has placed big dreams upon my heart, to be used by Him. And the truth is those big dreams begin today, as a wife and mother to three young, impressionable kids. As Jim Elliot used to say, "Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God." May we not settle for mediocrity in our moments of this day.