“Some Christians seem to think all their Father in heaven wants to do is make them miserable. A Christian lady expressed how impossible she found it to say, ‘Thy will be done,’ and how afraid she would be to do it. She was the mother of an only little boy who was heir to a great fortune and the idol of her heart.
“Her friend said, ‘Suppose your little Charley should run to you and tell you he has made up his mind to let you have your way with him; that he is always going to obey you and wants you to do what you think is best for him because he trusts your love. Would you say to yourself, ‘Ah, now I shall have a chance to make Charley miserable. I will take away all his pleasures and compel him to do that which is impossible.
“ ‘You know I would not!’ said the indignant mother. ‘I would hug and kiss him and fill his life with the sweetest and the best!’
“ ‘Are you more tender and loving than God?’
“ ‘Ah, no. I see now I must not be any more afraid of saying, ‘Thy will be done’ to my Heavenly Father than I want my Charley to be of saying it to me.’ “
— Hannah Whitall Smith, “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life”
And check out today’s stops on the Generation NeXt blog tour:
e-Mom at Chrysalis
Joy at Five J’s
Mary at Owl Haven
Karla at Looking Towards Heaven
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“The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life” by Hannah Whitall Smith is a classic that I want to read. What a wonderful lesson in the story you posted from it!
The book by Hannah sounds like it may be wisdom that I need to read and learn. I am at a point in my life now where most of my prayers contain
“Thy Will Be Done.” He knows so much more than me…..Thanks,Cindi