i recently finished radical by david platt and the shack by william p. young, they are 2 different books. radical makes me more passionate about missions & about people who need Jesus. the shack is a fiction, that gives you a wonderful image of what heaven could be like, it also gives a better understanding of how deep the love of the Father is for us. after these two books, i wanted more, so what did i do? i picked out crazy love. i'm only in chapter 4, but i'm already hooked & i've been thinking about what i've read so far this week. something that really caught my attention was in chapter 2 he writes:
"Frankly, you need to get over yourself..... Maybe life's pretty good for you right now. God has given you this good stuff so that you can show the world a person who enjoys blessings, but who is still totally obsessed with God.Or maybe life is tough right now, and everything feels like a struggle. God has allowed hard things in your life so you can show the world that your God is great & that knowing Him brings peace & joy, even when life is hard..... To be brutally honest, it doesn't matter what place you find yourself in right now. Your part is to bring Him glory..... The point of your life is to point to HIm, whatever you are doing God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift."
i was driving to school one afternoon, and since i've been down here in the past months i have seen homeless people around the roads where i'd drive. well on this afternoon, i went under a bridge, and there was a man under the bridge, with all of his belongings. it brought tears to my eyes, and memories of when i've been on mission trips and seen that. but never had i seen it here.
we need to wake up. we need to follow in HIS footsteps. loving each other & caring for others.
we need to be thankful for the lives that we have and stop complaining about what we don't have. "we need to stop living selfish lives, forgetful of our God." we need to get over ourselves! it's not about you! nothing else matters except our God!
"Rejoice in the Lord Always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Phil. 4:4