We went on a trip to see my family this weekend. That is a 5 hour drive each way. I was going to work on the books I mentioned last week, but hubby had a better idea. I bought him Max Lucado’s book Outlive Your Life:You Were Made to Make a Difference for Christmas last year, and his CD player promptly died in his car. So he hasn’t listened to it yet.
He suggested we listen to it on our drive. I actually was a little bummed, but whined internally. We started listening.
It is fantastic. It uses examples from the New Testament Church to talk about how they followed God, how he used him and changed them to change the world. There are also a plethora of modern day examples of people using their skills, passions and hearts to impact hearts, people and nations. It also challenges us to take our lives and impact others, to fill a need where we find one, to stick with our calling.
We got through 3 CDs, 1 to go. I am yearning to finish it. Now I have to decide whether to finish it on my own or wait for hubby.
I am also thinking about all we heard. How can that change how I live my life? How can I help the hungry, the homeless, the needy? It made me think a lot about this post from Erica at Off My Mama Rocker. It made me think how she is living the truth of Outlive Your Life through her love for this man, raising her children and her work as a birth doula.
That is how she impacts the world, how can I? I dream of getting involved with Lauren’s work for mama’s with postpartum depression. I’ve talked about her dream. I haven’t forgotten and my mind still goes over and over it. One thought that has come to me is, as I get better, getting involved at a local level in helping mamas with postpartum mood disorders.
I envision a support group that involves meals. People open up over food. And what mama struggling with postpartum issues wouldn’t like to be pampered with someone else providing her dinner? I don’t mean a potluck, because mamas at that point in life don’t need another burden or task, they need someone to care for them. Food is a universal message of care, love and healing.
But how well do I need to be before I take on a support group? What can I do in the meantime? How can I help those in need? How can I get my family involved? How can we bless people in the name of Jesus in a practical, real way? How?
How do you brighten your part of world? What need do you have that someone else could help you fill?
If, by any chance, you would like to get ahold of this book, it is available through Christian Book Distributors.
|Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference – Audiobook on CD
By Thomas Nelson
On Pentecost, the Spirit came down and ignited the hearts and minds of believers to preach the gospel and live out justice for the forgotten. Max Lucado wonders, Might it happen again? Does God still free hearts, minds and bodies from the ravages of sin and poverty? The answer is yes! He does it through you, and in Outlive Your Life he challenges you to make a difference that will last beyond your time on earth. Take a stand for children, widows, and families who only need an opportunity to live. Unabridged.
One hundred percent of the author royalties from Outlive Your Life products will benefit children and families through World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion.
4 CD’s, Unabridged.