Tuesday, May 1, 2012

overwhelmed by God's love

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.

Most of you know that I took our 13-year-old daughter on a special trip recently (click on this post for more about the trip and why we take these trips).  On this trip we began reading one of my favorite books of all time.  It is Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  If you have never read it, I commend it to you because it will challenge how you see God’s love for you and how you love God.

I wanted to share with you some of the quotes from the book that touch my heart as we read it:

“But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn't come through.”

(maybe my favorite so far in this reading is this…)  “Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.”

“Lukewarm living and claiming Christ's name simultaneously is utterly disgusting to God.”

“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.”

“‎"Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people he has made?”

“True faith manifests itself through our actions.”

I will stop there.  But those are incredible pieces of wisdom that leave me not able to return to the old way of living.  God loves us so much. That is a fact.  Our lives should shout, demonstrate and hold tight to God’s love.  That means loving ourselves.  That means loving others.  That means loving God in huge ways.  It might even mean that we act crazy or unlike what people say is normal.

May our lives inhale and exhale God’s love!

For more about this book go to this website: http://crazylovebook.com/

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