Where the danger lies

“There is no evil or harm in using any of God’s created things, provided that we do it with thankfulness and with a proper sense of their value.  Danger lies in giving the Creator’s places in our heart to the creature.  We should give to the Creator the Creator’s place, and to the creature the creature’s.  We can neither live without water, nor live in the water.  We must drink, but not sink.  If we do not drink we shall die of thirst; if we sink we shall die of drowning.  So we must use the things of the world in such a way that, while they sustain our bodies, they do not become too strong for us and choke the vital breath of our lives, which is prayer.”  (Sadhu Sundar Singh, With and Without Christ)

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