“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
Elisabeth Elliot wasn’t just fiddling with phrases hoping to create quotable sentences. She was combining for us words from our Lord. Words that redirect our faulty default modes, and our confused ways of thinking. Words that give us, in a universe scrambled with false messages, the astounding secret for gaining contentment:
“And this is the secret: Christ lives in you.”
“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
“I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.”
“The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
So, not you in a different set of circumstances; but Christ in you. That is the astounding secret. That is the answer.
(Quotes from: Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015), Colossians 1:27, II Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 4:12, Romans 7:25)