I’m not one of those die-hard Max Lucado fans, but I did want to read his latest, “Outlive Your Life,” so I picked it up at our church library.
Much like “The Hole in the Gospel” and “Radical,” he challenges the us to–you guessed it–outlive our lives by using our time, talent and wealth to change the world in both spiritual and tangible ways that last beyond our short time here on earth.
I became acquainted with the book when I was researching World Vision and Compassion. In honor of his 25th year in ministry, Lucado decided to teamed up with World Vision to create the “Make a Difference” concert tour (featuring Toby Mac, Third Day, and Michael W. Smith). The goal was to get 25,000 new sponsors for World Vision children. I went to one of the concerts and, yes, it was pure awesomeness. He is also donating 100% of the profits from this book to World Vision and other faith-based ministries that provide aid (though I haven’t been able to find out what other ministries those might be).
So, back to the book…
Here are some things that have stood out to me so far as I’ve been reading:
- “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”
- The Jewish Talmud has a phrase that says, “Save one life. Save the world.” I love that because….
- “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.” YES.
Also…did you know that on any given Sunday, there are more Chinese believers meeting in secret churches than the entirety of western Europe?
It’s a good book so far. It really is. If you have a bookworm on your Christmas list, it’d would be worth checking out. It’s another one of those gifts that keep on giving.