“None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.”
Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado is the most recent book I’ve been sent by Thomas Nelson for reviewing the book, and it’s an interesting read.
The book goes through both biblical examples and modern day stories showing how God frequently chooses even the least likely candidates to be used by him, even if they don’t seem equipped for the job. God can and does use anybody.
This point it does well.
But, there’s a lot being said about the book on inspiring you to be moved to action… the author’s earnings from the book being donated to World Vision and other charities.
With me at least, I’m not sure it hit that goal very well.
While I’m sure I’m capable of being used by God for something that will live on beyond my own life, a lot of the examples are huge sounding things. For example, Mother Theresa. Not much is mentioned of the things that don’t have a big earthly domino effect, or even an earthly effect at all.
Some parts, including one chapter in particular, do go into the reality that the effort is just a tiny part ours, and a whole lot God’s doing. But it doesn’t go into any discussion on connecting with finding which small effort is the one he wants you doing. It seems to be a lot of the common “ought to do”s… I need to pray more, give more to the needy, pay more attention to the widows and orphans and homeless, help everyone more.. the usual long list of things we all know we should be doing as Christians, but still don’t. It’s more overwhelming than inspiring action.
If you are someone who does have a heart for a particular need or feel a tug in a particular direction, this book will be good for helping you if you feel unqualified, and inspired that your little abilities in God’s hands can make a big difference.
It’s still an interesting book to read in either case, just maybe more towards inspiring that you can, vs inspiring you to do.