These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.
Outlive Your Life is a book that calls us to live lives that are beyond ourselves, to see beyond meeting our own needs each day and to get out of our own comfort zone and taking the opportunity to be agents of change. To live lives that God has meant for us to live - a great big adventure and to participate in how He is working in other lives outside of our world.
Max Lucado uses the book of Acts to examine how God worked in the lives of the early Christians then, and how they impacted the early world. He also uses different daily analogies and to-the-point perspectives of how God has called us to and can make a difference in this world.
I liked how he starts of the book’s premise with an emphasis on the uniqueness of how God creates each of us and to appeal to that desire in us to live our lives to the fullest of what God meant for each of us to be.
“You’ve been given your life. No one else has your version. You’ll never bump into yourself on the sidewalk. You’ll never meet anyone who has your exact blend of lineage, loves and longings. Your life will never be lived by anyone else.”
He touches and highlights the realities of our current world: social injustice, poverty, suffering, pain put in the same mix as abundance, wealth, luxury and greed. Max Lucado begins by acknowledging how some of us shy away from facing these harsh realities and looking out of our own shells before going into the application of outliving our lives.
He includes Scriptural verses and a short prayer at the end of each chapter which I found helpful and apt in wrapping up each chapter, bringing home the message and encouraging me to commit it to God.
This book has encouraged me to expand my worldview, challenged me to ask God for compassion, to pray a prayer for God to break my heart for what breaks His. To give everything for His kingdom’s cause, to ask Him to show me how to love others like how He has loved me.
This book reminds me of my life-prayer that I took from a song:
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity
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