December 13, 2021

More from Phillip Britts . . .

“Surrender does not mean the cessation of seeking, for we must always seek the will of God in every situation. We seek in order to obey. And in obeying the small thing that we see, the greater is revealed to us.

True surrender never separates itself from carrying out God’s will. This is why we do not come to know God by musing or by contemplating our highest ideals in splendid spiritual isolation, nor by disputing religious points and striving for a state of spiritual perfection.

Water of Life

No, God comes to us when we offer a cup of water to the thirsty, whether it be plain water in an enamel cup or the water of life found in God’s word.”


It can be a difficult balance to strike . . . this balance between a cup of physical water and the water of life found in God’s word.

Think about which “cup of water” you are more prone to offer someone.  

Ask God to show you how to grow in the other area of “quenching the thirst” of the people around you.  Look for opportunities to do so!  

If you are feeling balanced in this area (quenching both the physical and spiritual thirst of others), then praise God for His faithfulness to you. Thank Him that He is truly using you to bring both kinds of water into this thirsty world.

Poet Phillip Britts

Farmer-poet Philip Britts was born in 1917 in Devon, England. Britts became a pacifist, joined the Bruderhof, and during World War II moved to South America. There, in 1949, he died of a rare tropical illness at the age of 31, leaving his wife, Joan, with three young children and fourth on the way. 

About the Author Mary Goldring

​In my faith journey God has always used the writings of other Christ followers to encourage, inspire, and challenge me to a deeper walk with Him. My desire is that He might do the same for you as you read the writings shared in these devotionals. Blessings!

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