God, send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. And sever any tie in my heart except the tie that binds my heart to Yours.— David Livingstone
The most fulfilling David Livingstone quotes that are glad to read
If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. It is emphatically no sacrifice. Say rather it is a privilege.
There is one safe and happy place, and that is in the will of God.
I will go anywhere as long is it is forward.
I determined never to stop until I had come to the end and achieved my purpose.
Shall I tell you what supported me through all those years of exile among a people whose language I could not understand and whose attitude towards me we always uncertain and often hostile? It was this: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world".
I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician. I am a poor, poor imitation of Him, or wish to be. In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!
Christ alone can save the world, but Christ cannot save the world alone.
I am immortal till my work is accomplished
I will place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of that kingdom, it shall be given away or kept only in reference to whether giving or keeping will most promote the glory1 of him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.
Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.
I am willing to go anywhere, anywhere, anywhere -- so long as it's forward.
The best remedy for a sick church is to put it on a missionary diet.
People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? All these are nothing when compared with the glory which shall be revealed in and for us. I never made a sacrifice.
Fear God and work hard.
All I can say in my solitude is, May Heaven's rich blessing come down on every one - American, English, Turk - who will help to heal this open sore of the world.
To be aroused in the dark by five feet of cold, green snake gliding over one's face is unpleasant.
I will place no value on anything I have or may possess except in relation to the kingdom of Christ.
Sympathy is no substitute for action.
Death alone will put a stop to my effort!
All that I am I owe to Jesus Christ, revealed to me in His divine Book.
God had only one Son, and He was a missionary.
If we have not enough in our religion .
. . to share it with all the world, it is doomed here at home.
I never made a sacrifice. Of this we ought not to talk when we remember the great sacrifice which he made who left His Father's throne on high to give Himself for us.
This generation can only reach this generation.
Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.
If you knew the satisfaction of performing such a duty, as well as the gratitude to God which the missionary must always feel, in being chosen for so noble, so sacred a calling, you would have no hesitation in embracing it.
It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Him who died for me by devoting my life to His service.
Fastings and vigils without a special object in view are time run to waste.
Nothing earthly will make me give up my work in despair.
Self-deception helps us deceive.
I will go anywwhere as long as it is forward
In this service I hope to live; in it I wish to die!
If success attend me, grant me humility; If failure, resignation to Thy will.
I will go anywhere, provided it be forward.
God had an only Son and He made Him a missionary.
Though there is antipathy in the human heart to the gospel of Christ, yet when Christians make their good work shine, all admire them. It is when great disparity exists between profession and practice that we secure the scorn of mankind.
The islands above the falls are covered with foliage as beautiful as can be seen anywhere. Viewed from the mass of rock which overhangs the fall, the scenery was the loveliest I had seen.
The mere animal pleasure of travelling in a wild unexplored country is also great. The effect of travel on a man whose heart is in the right place is that the mind is made more self-reliant: it becomes more confident of its own resources, there is greater presence of mind.
He who died for us, and Whom we ought to copy, did more for us than we can do for any one else. He endured the contradiction of sinners. We should have grace to follow in His steps.
It is hard to work for years with pure motives, and all the time be looked upon by most of those to whom our lives are devoted as having some sinister object in view.
.... the brisk exercise imparts elasticity to the muscles, fresh and healthy blood circulates through the brain, the mind works well, the eye is clear, the step is firm, and a day's exertion always makes the evening's repose thoroughly enjoyable.
Men are immortal till their work is done.
Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered down into a large rent which had been made from bank to bank of the broad Zambezi, and saw that a stream of a thousand yards broad leaped down a hundred feet [30 m] and then became suddenly compressed into a space of fifteen to twenty yards.
Terrorism is a word with little content - it is a label for brutalities committed by ‘the enemy’, and from which one’s own acts of destruction are exempted. It is an inchoate and emotionally laden concept, a semantic mirror of our dishonesty and a repository for everything about war that we would like to disavow. Making a sharp distinction between war and terrorism is at best a self-deceptive game.
I'd rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God, than on the throne of England, out of the will of God.
I view the end of the geographical feat as the beginning of the missionary enterprise.
Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Saviour.
Anywhere, provided it be forward-- farther still farther into the night.
I have found that I have no unusual endowments of intellect, but this day I resolve that I will be an uncommon Christian.