I’m not sure there’ll be anything left of me when my time comes, but that’s just the way I want it. No one knows the length of time we’re allotted; the critical thing is to wisely choose how we spend the limited currency called “life.” Jim Elliot wrote in his journal in 1948 several years before his earthly existence ended in an attempt to carry the gospel to an unreached tribe in Central America, “He is no fool who gives away what he cannot keep, in exchange for what he cannot lose.” More recently, Karen Watson was one of four Southern Baptist relief workers killed by unknown gunmen in Iraq in 2004. A former law enforcement officer known both for her toughness and her passion for God, Watson knew the risks of working in Iraq. She had willingly returned there shortly before her death after several previous close calls with death.“When God calls there are no regrets,” Watson wrote in a now-famous letter found in a sealed envelope marked “Open in case of death.” She left it with her pastor when she departed for the Middle East in 2003. “I tried to share my heart with you as much as possible, my heart for the nations,” Watson said in the letter. “I wasn’t called to a place; I was called to Him. To obey was my objective, to suffer was expected, His glory my reward, His glory my reward.”
Karen Watson’s words and life helped inspire the ‘Fusion Creed,’ perhaps the strongest possible declaration of a life well spent:
As a follower of Christ: I am called not to comfort or success, but to obedience. Consequently, my life is to be defined not by what I do, but by who I am.
Henceforth: I will proclaim His name without fear, follow Him without regret and serve Him without compromise.
Thus: To obey is my objective, to suffer is expected, His glory is my reward.
Therefore: To Christ alone be all power, all honor and all glory, that the world may know. Amen!