Max Lucado’s new book. Go get it! I love it.
On a day like today it was just what I needed to read. I was thinking driving home that I would post a blog titled “Mama said there would be days like these.”
Don’t get me wrong, today was a good day. I got to spend it with Brad’s Nana and Brad’s mom. It was a day of reminiscing. We talked about Jake a lot, we talked about Brad’s uncle who died in a car accident one year ago today. August is a rough month for our family – lots of anniversaries and Jake’s birthday is very soon. A very melancholy day for me. A good day but also a sad day. A day I needed though. I needed to talk about Jake – I needed to hear stories of Jake. 9 years is weird for me. It doesn’t hurt like those first few anniversaries did but then it hurts that it has been so long and hurts that it doesn’t hurt so bad. I know, makes no sense.
Then I got home and took a hot bath and began to read Max Lucado’s “Outlive Your Life” and it spoke the encouragement I needed to hear. On a side note, I have been blown away these last few days with how God has just showered me with encouragement and grace every time I turn around. Each passage I read, many facebook status’, friends texts, families love, mom’s letters, Brad’s flowers. They have all spoken to this dry heart. On a two week period that I dread, God just flowed His love to me in so many ways. That is what He does for us! Psalm 56:8 “You have kept count of my tossings, put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” He is so aware of our hurts and there to offer comfort for us.
Anyways, back to the point of this post – this book also spoke that encouragement to me. Our lives are not just about our lives – our lives are meant to be lived for something more. Our lives are meant to outlive us. Today, I know that Jake’s life has outlived his short two years he was on this earth. That is what Jesus does for us – He takes an ordinary life and connected to His life – makes it worth living.
This book isn’t just an ordinary book about what God does with hurts, nor is it a social justice bandwagon book. This book first talks about how we must know Jesus first. This books dares to ask the question “When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day in which 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge your response?” Hard questions.
Why I am loving this book – it calls us to look at our lives and realize they are more than just a dot on the page. Our lives have the ability to make a difference and forces us to ask the question:
WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH OURS?