Thursday, October 14, 2010

Out Live Your Life by Max Lucado

"Our common concern gave us a common song.  

This was Jesus' plan all along.  None of us can do what all of us can do."

"He teaches us the vocabulary of distant lands, the dialect of the discouraged neighbor, the vernacular of the lonely heart, and the idiom of the young student.  God outfits His followers to cross cultures and touch hearts."

These are quotes from a challenging, transforming, and inspiring book by Max Lucado called Out Live Your Life.  I know I have mentioned this book before, even before it was officially released to the public.  I just gave you a snippet of my opinion then, but I am sure you could tell how much I was impressed by it.  Not to mention that I have had the video trailer of it at the top of my blog for a while now.

As Max & some of his friends are currently touring the States on their Make a Difference Tour to benefit World Vision, I felt now was the time to share just a bit more about this book with you.

In Out Live Your Life, Max gets on-the-level with us and clearly guides us on why and how we need to all realize that we are each called to take up our part in the world wide Hope Revolution.  We often think, "I am just one person with very little influence or ability, so what can I do?"  Additionally, as I recently asked Max myself while he was visiting the Max Lucado Community, "How can I 'outlive my life' when I can barely 'live' my life? Considering constant financial struggles, work/family/health issues, busy schedules, etc..."  His answer to me in that forum was,
"It is important to serve within your giftedness and realities. Analyze your strengths and passions, balance those with your prior commitments and see if you don't discover a good game plan. You may be at a stage of life where your plate is full. If so, be patient. At the right time God will slow things down and you can ramp things up."
Not only did he answer that question for me directly in the discussion that evening, but he also very thoroughly gives direction and inspiration in this book regarding the various questions and thoughts we may all have related to stepping up and Out Living Our Lives.

I challenge you today to get a copy of this book (if you haven't already), read it, and trust the Lord to guide you in knowing what your part is in this great mission we all have in life as His representatives on this earth.  And...there's another part to that trust thing... remember to obey!

Trust and obey.  

He will show you what to do and when.  He will facilitate the means for you to do it.  You must then do it.

This world needs us...this world needs YOU!  

Bring His hope to all whom He places in your path.  Our mission is here and now - not just that glorious day when we get to heaven!

Now, the spotlight is on you---tell me---what are you being led to do to Out Live YOUR Life?

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


Michele Katherine said...

Hello, Haelie
I'm a brand new blogger, and happy to have found your blog. I commend you on asking Max Lucado a question I most likely would have been prideful to ask. I struggle with this very thing and have left my comfort zone to start my blog with poems I have written over the years that he has inspired. Thank you for sharing this it feels like the Lord is giving me confirmation about my blog. God bless,
Michele Katherie

Penny said...

Obedience. Simple concept - hard to live out!

I've heard so much about this book! I really want to read it. I'm speaking at a retreat in November - perhaps after the drama & excitement of that dies down, I'll have time for this!

Now on to your question..
right now - find contentment and obey.

I hope you have a great weekend and I'm looking forward to meeting you next week!

your sis in the faith,

Haelie said...

Michele - Thank you so much for your encouraging words. As a blogger, you will find that at times you wonder if anyone is reading your work or not and if so, are they being inspired and/or challenged or not. It is always a blessing to hear how your sharing of inspiration is helping others. Thank you!!! Just stopped by your blog, it!

Penny - You definitely need to get this book. It's a pretty quick, easy read though very challenging. Also has study guide in the book to use for yourself or leading others. Plus I think they offer an even more thorough group study that is based on the book. And as far as your answer to what you are being led to do to outlive your life - great necessary things - contentment & obedience! Can't wait until next week to meet you! ;-)

Haelie said...

Oh, and, Penny, I meant to tell you that you should check out my post "Movies & Museums..." if you haven't already. You will appreciate it!

Michele Katherine said...

Hi Haelie,
it's Michele Katherine. Thanks for visiting my blog, I was touched by your kind words. You said that you would be subscribing to by blog via email, and to let you know if I couldn't find it. I can't figure out how the email set-up works, so if you get the chance let me know how to set that up with you.
God bless & have a great weekend,
Michele Katherine

misterp said...

I think you ought to get royalties from this book for you are a good promoter. I told my son that this is what I want for Christmas.

Haelie said...

LOL, MisterP! Thanks! ;-) I definitely am not getting any royalties, but it is worth the promotion for sure. You will be inspired and challenged by it once you do get a chance to read it.

Big Fat Mama said...

I believe that in whatever we are doing, we need to do it to serve God. What we may think is small that we are doing, God can take it and make it big.

I agree, I think we need to really look at what strengths God gave us, and then use them to serve Him. Marcus Buckingham said at the Women of Fait conference that our strengths are not just what we are good at, but what activity do we do that makes us feel strong?

Big Fat Mama

Haelie said...

Very good insights, Big Fat Mama! Thanks so much for sharing them. Great to hear from you! :o)