Sometimes there is stuff that you know in your heart you should be doing but you don’t quite know how. Many of us have the desire to “outlive” our lives – to be remembered when we are gone. But how? As a Christian, that question may take on a different meaning than if does for non-Christians and in his new book Outlive Your Life, Max Lucado tells us that we were “made to make a difference” and sets about telling us how we go about doing just that.
These are difficult days in our world’s history. 1.75 billion people are desperately poor, natural disasters are gouging entire nations, and economic uncertainty still reigns across the globe. But you and I have been given an opportunity to make a big difference. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God’s love and life? We are created by a great God to do great works. He invites us to outlive our lives, not just in heaven, but here on earth. Let’s live our lives in such a way that the world will be glad we did.
I really enjoy Max Lucado’s writing. In general he really can’t do wrong by me. It’s very readable and full of real world anecdotes that relate to Biblical history and he ties it all together and makes it make sense. Outlive Your Life delivers on all counts, the Max Lucado I have come to enjoy reading.
This book has a higher purpose. Not only does 100% of the author’s royalties from Outlive Your Life products benefit families across the world through World Vision, but the message is about how ordinary hot dog eating, crime drama watching folks like you and I can CHANGE THE WORLD. Not with grand Nobel Peace prize gestures like curing cancer, but in simply living like Jesus and his apostles lived.
Lucado tells us that God uses “ordinary” people to change the world. The apostles were nothing short of ordinary before Jesus entered their lives. It’s a different time, but with a little bit of compassion and a whole lot of help from God, we can leave an indelible mark. We just need to obey when He says “follow me.”
I like the layout of this book with a Bible verse and prayer at the end of each chapter and I simply can’t get enough of Lucado’s sense of humor. I think this is a book I am going to have to read again a few times to really get the full sense of it, but I highly recommend it to people who know they were meant to make a difference but now exactly sure how to go about it within the constraints of their everyday life. This book doesn’t ask you necessarily to shave your head and deliver milk to people in a third world country. It doesn’t tell you that it takes grand gestures in order to make a difference. It shows you how commonplace events can turn into opportunities that change lives – even if you don’t realize you had a part in it.