I'd Give Anything...

perseverance, Bible, language learning, priorities
“I’d give anything to speak Hungarian!”

Since I lived in Hungary for almost 5 years and return annually, I’ve almost said these words several times. But I’ve stopped myself.

You see, two decades ago I heard  Elizabeth Elliot speak. She said whenever we say this we’re actually saying, “I’d give anything—except what it takes—to speak Hungarian.”

Yes! Yes! Igen! Igen!*

Despite the fact that Hungarian is an extremely difficult language to learn, I could speak it if I was devoted to learning it. 

I’m conscious of my language-learning priority, but sometimes I de-prioritize something unconsciously. And I bet you do too.

Periodically it’s good to evaluate our conscious and unconscious priorities and offer them to the Lord in prayer. 

“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)  

Our priorities matter!
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath
* Igen is yes in Hungarian

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  1. Love this! Such a smack upside the head!

  2. Igen! We have to be very careful also of the words we say! Patsy from

  3. so wise Gail! I totally relate to this b/c I really stink at learning languages. I mean really... I took spanish 1, 3 times and still can barely say anything. But you are so right, my priority wasn't in it. I had no vision of why I would make the sacrifice. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for linking up. :)


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