Kilby and I love to find books at thrift stores to see what forlorn nuggets of wisdom are hiding under dust and dim-lighting, down from attics and off from neglected bookshelves. Many sit overlooked but we try to sift and discover a few to keep in circulation, as often as possible. Some have made their way to East Africa with us!
One of our last dates in the States was a day trip down to Franklin, North Carolina. Here you can find good coffee, quality shops devoted to used books—such as Friends of the Library—and delectable foods. We highly recommend it. The particular quote I share below comes from the rescued pages of a treasure out of this special bookstore, and no ordinary thrift store.
At Friends of the Library, not much sifting is required; the lighting is ideal, and dust is limited.
I am grateful for these remarkable words from a man called Miller:
It would be well if we could get into our hearts a vision of the central meaning of the cross.
It was not merely a man giving himself for the helping of his fellowmen—it was the Son of God giving Himself, pouring out His own blood to redeem lost men. He gave His life to save the world, He calls us to give our lives to win the world.
It is not enough to tell in flaming words of the love of Christ to man; we must be in flaming lives the love of Christ to men. It is not enough to sit in our places of worship and sing praises to God for our own salvation; we must hasten out to seek and to win the lost to God.
If such a vision of the loving, suffering, redeeming Christ wholly filled our hearts, we would then know something of what the cross means. Its image would burn itself upon our very souls.
It is into fellowship with all this in Christ that we are called in the words, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”