I wanted to post this yesterday (Sunday), but just never got around to it. Better late than never.
I did a lot of reading on our recent trip, as we had a ten-hour drive one way.
One of the books I read (and am almost done with) is called Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado. It is a great book on how God uses ordinary people to do great things. There are some great take-a-ways from this book that I would like to share with you.
“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”
“As long as you are stationary, no one will complain. Dogs don’t bark at parked cars.”
“He is the Milky Way galaxy. We are the sand flea.”
“He walked on water but never strutted on the beach.”
“God never sends you where he hasn’t already been.”
“Prayer does not change God’s nature; who he is will never be altered. Prayer does, however, impact the flow of history. God has wired his world for power, but he calls on us to flip the switch.”
Open Your Door; Open Your Heart
This chapter, six, is about hospitality. Maxwell says that “You can cycle through a day of business and never say hello.” With all the automated services there are today, human contact has decreased substantially. He goes on to say: “Some people pass an entire day with no meaningful contact with anyone else.” And did you know that the Greek word for hospitality means to love a stranger? When was the last time you invited someone over for dinner or tea?
Stand Up for the Have-Nots
I re-read Chapter ten a few times. I learned something that I knew nothing about – the year of Jubilee. This was a celebration that was to occur twice in a century. Here’s an excerpt:
“Beginning on the Day of atonement, all the fields were allowed to rest. No farming permitted. The fallow land could recover from forty-nine years of planting and harvesting. In addition, all the slaves were freed. Anyone who had been sold into slavery or who had sold himself into slavery to pay off debt was released. Bondage ended.
And as if the soil sabbatical and slave emancipation weren’t enough, all property was returned to its original owners. The Jubilee provision guaranteed that every family, at least twice a century, would have the opportunity to get back on its feet.”
Maxwell describes this time period like this: “God shakes the social Etch a Sketch, and everyone is given a clean slate.”
I pondered this over and over in my mind. If this provision was still in existence today, what would our world look like? But the more I thought about that, I realized that in some respects, we do have that opportunity to start fresh each and everyday, thanks to Jesus. So if your picture on your internal Etch A Sketch isn’t what you want your life to look like, let Jesus shake it up and start over.