‘Teach us, good Lord, to serve thee as thou deservest; To give, and not to count the cost,To fight, and not to heed the wounds,To toil, and not to seek for rest,To labour, and not to ask for any rewardSave that knowing that we do thy will.’Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556)

For all of us there are times when we just want to stop. Stop serving, stop giving, stop fighting, stop toiling, stop labouring…….and just do our OWN will – whatever is easiest, most profitable and least painful for us. I’ve had one of those weeks here in Uganda! A week punctuated by stupid family disagreements over the forthcoming wedding (Ugandan not  British), frustrations with staff who should and could do better, shattered timetables, an inconclusive trip to Kampala, another week of delays in beginning construction of the ‘Hospital in the Hills’ and general Ugandan nonsense.

I believe that our God particularly values obstinate faith. And so, despite the frustration, irritation and disappointment…..I choose to try again next week, I choose to trust God, I choose life in Him and I choose to pray this prayer every day and believe that God is answering it. Onwards and upwards…. in Christ Jesus.