The first 3 books I read are "Radical" by David Platt, "WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working" by Craig Groeschel, and "Same Kind of Different as Me" by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. All INCREDIBLE books. Each one had me staying up late and finding any minute I could to read. The themes that kept coming up in each of these books:
- Relationships are essential, the most important
- In order to live FULLY for Jesus, I have to die COMPLETELY to myself
- It's not always easy, but it is always worth it
My mind kept being pounded by these messages. I knew there was a reason God kept bringing this up. My excuse for not acting on it? "These are all guys. They're pastors and what not. It's easy for them to do it. They don't have kids to take care of all the time."
Well, last week God blew that excuse out of the water as I read "7: Experimental Mutiny Against Excess" by Jen Hatmaker. She's a mom, she's a wife, she's a woman. She speaks my language and I knew all my excuses were gone.
To say I was inspired by this book would be an incredible understatement. A slightly different message than the other books, but the same themes as above. The most important theme I found: less me, MORE GOD. less take, MORE GIVE.
So, it's time to get to work. "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith." -Hebrews 12:1-2