Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Calling to be Set Apart

“The preoccupations of seventeen year old girls ___ their looks, their clothes, their social life ___ do not change very much from generation to generation. But in every generation there seem to be a few who make other choices. Amy was one of the few.” (Elizabeth Elliot in her book A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael)

That quote inspires me. It stirs up something deep within me, a desire to be different. I look at the lives of both Elizabeth Elliot who wrote the book and Amy Carmichael, the subject of the book, and I desire the faith that they have. Both of these women are such great examples of what Abigail was talking about in her last post, that quiet strength that is held in check by meekness.

If you take a look at their lives, the strength you see is mind blowing. Amy Carmichael left her home and family to venture across the ocean to bring the gospel to India. She spent 53 years without furlough, rescuing temple girls that were forced into prostitution and housing hundreds of girls and eventually boys as well. Elizabeth Elliot gave God control of her love life and after waiting many years, she married Jim Elliot who died only a few short years after. Later, she went back to the very people that violently killed her husband and shared the gospel with them. If that doesn’t take incredible strength, then I don’t know what does.

God has called each one of us to live a life of devotion and worship to Him, a strong and vibrant life. Leslie Ludy, whom I first heard this quote from, talks about that beauty and radiance that we all as women desire in her book Set Apart Femininity and about how we find that beauty in Christ and in a radically sold-out life for Him. He removes us of our filthiness and clothes us in His beautiful robes of righteousness.

We see all this extreme shallowness that has taken over the western world. The constant striving for outward beauty, popularity, relationships with men, and fame. The preoccupations of teenage girls have not changed from Amy’s generation, to Elizabeth’s, to ours, they have just become more blatant. But what will we do? Will we raise up like the great woman of faith that have come before us and make other choices? Will we be one of the few? Or will we be content to conform to this world and the choices it makes, never daring to stand out or be different? It’s a choice we all need to make eventually, what will you choose?


  1. Very nicely put Olivia =) I pray for my little sisters all the time that they will find the strength to be different and not follow the crowd. I have always been the kind of person that is busily marching to my own drums ;) But I have a very interesting and FUN life! And I strive to walk in the Lord's footsteps everyday. Beautiful post! Keep up the good work girls!

  2. Great start, ladies! Beautiful layout! Sometimes I wish we'd gone with Blogger, too...much more opportunities for customizing. Great thoughts on seeking more as women! I look forward to reading more!


    Abigail @ Pearls and Diamonds

  3. Very lovely indeed may God bless your ministry in blogging ...
    Take care

  4. Beautiful! It's so encouraging to see other young women out there trying to live a set-apart life for God. Keep up the good work, sisters!


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