Author: Max Lucado
Genre: Christian, Non-Fiction
How I came about this book?
A friend shared it among a library of other amazing e-books.
This was one of the first books written by Max Lucado that I read.
So I didn’t know what to expect based on the title alone.
Lessons & Reflections
There were so many points to pick from this book, but I’ve highlighted a few practical lessons:
||On Discipleship and Transformation
– The sign of a true disciple is not a long face. And a solemn christian isn’t neccessarily a good christian. Jesus’ faith made him likeable and not detestable.
– Christ became like us, so we can become like him.
Because of calvary, we are free to choose.
– God looks for more ways to get us home than to keep us out.
– God forgets the past. Imitate him. Sacrilege is to feel guilt for sins already forgiven.
– The Holyspirit is the presence of God in our lives, carrying out the work of Jesus.
– The holy spirit helps us in three dimensions: Inwardly via the fruits of the spirit, Upwardly via intercession and Outwardly via manifestations of his gifts
– The Holyspirit is at the centre stage of any evangelical gathering. He helps both the preacher to teach and the listener to be converted.
– The first miracle recorded of Jesus was that he turned water into wine. What a happy guy he was! Jesus lived as a likeable and approachable person. We all can emulate him.
– Christianity is not a do-it-yourself curriculum that majors in our part and minors in God’s part.
– The problem of sin can’t be fixed by a new policy or government, it can only be solved by God. The society may renovate but only God can recreate.
– Confession is telling God you did the thing he saw you do.
– The holiness of God illuminates the sinfulness of man.
– We have been bought by the blood of Christ and we can never be sold again.
||On Passion and Making impact
– Jesus purpose was not to show off but to show up.
– Changing direction in life is not tragic, but losing passion is
– For every hero in spotlights, there are dozens in the shadows.
– Heroes do not always know when they are heroic. Historic moments are hardly acknowledged when they happen.
||On Faith and Trust
– Don’t ask God to do what you want, ask God to do what is right.
– Faith in the future begets power in the present.
– Even though you may not understand how God works, you know he does. God is doing a good work in you and he’ll be finished when Jesus comes again.
– There is more to life than meets the eye. Faith is trusting what the eye can’t see.
– Faith is the grit in the soul that puts the dare inside our dreams.
– God doesn’t help those who help themselves, he helps those who ask for help.
– God isn’t just near us, above us or around us, he is in us.
– When we stand still, we get out of God’s way. If you don’t know what to do, it’s best to just sit tight and let him do his thing.
– Grumbling about tomorrow will never change it. Grumbling never pays the bills or makes things better.
– It’s not enough to invite God into my heart, I must invite him into my circumstances.
– God wants us to know that when the world goes wild, he stays calm.
– When we are in a tight corner, God’s job is to fight while our job is to trust. How? By praying and waiting. Nothing more is necessary, nothing more is needed.
– Only in asking do we receive and only in seeking do we find.
||On Greed, Affluence and Giving
– Greed is the practice of measuring our lives by our possesions. Greed equates a person’s worth to a person’s purse. It is not defined by what something costs, it’s measured by what it costs you.
If anything costs your faith or family, the price is too high.
– The rich fool’s sin wasn’t that he planned for his future. His sin was that his plans didn’t include God.
– God’s foremost rule of finance: we own NOTHING.
– We can choose to go without a dollar before we take a dishonest one.
– Jesus doesn’t criticize affluence, he criticizes arrogance.
– God hasn’t kept the future a secret. One look at the cemetery should remind us, everyone dies. One visit to a funeral should remind us, nobody takes anything along.
– When you give, you’re making a confession that God owns it all anyway.
– You don’t give for God’s sake; he doesn’t need your money. You give for your sake. Though the gift is to God, the benefit is yours.
||On Anger, Revenge and Forgiveness
– Anger is a malignant tumor of the spirit.
– Just like the cricket, anger has a way of increasing it’s volume until it’s the only sound we hear. The louder it gets the more desperate we become.
– Revenge is natural, not spiritual. Getting even is the rule of the jungle, giving grace is the rule of the kingdom. Judgement is God’s job. To assume otherwise is to assume that he can’t do it. Revenge is irreverent.
– When we focus on the betrayal of others, we ignore the loyalty of God.
– To forgive someone is to admit our limitations. We know in part but God knows the full picture.
– Forgiveness is not saying the person who hurt you is right but stating that God is fair and he will do what is right.
– Conflict is inevitable but combat is optional.
– You’ll never forgive anyone more than God has already forgiven you.
– If God can tolerate our mistakes, we must learn to tolerate the mistakes of others.
– To see sin without grace is despair. To see grace without sin is arrogance.
– Our greatest need is forgiveness, so God sent us a savior.
||On Choices and Growth
– We can’t choose our ancestors but we can choose our mentors. Your parents may have given you genes but God gives you grace. You can’t alter your past but you can alter your reaction to it.
– The past does not have to be your prison. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.
– Growth is the goal of a christian. When a christian stops growing, help is needed.
– You deepen your prayer life by praying and not by preparing to pray. Better to pray awkwardly than not to pray at all.
– It’s hard to be affirming when you’re affirmation-starved. It’s hard to be forgiving when you feel guilty. It’s hard to be thoughtful when you’re full of worries.
– Real change is an inside job and the heart of the matter is always the matter of the heart.
– You can’t fix an inside problem from the outside. You don’t silence life’s alarms by pretending they aren’t screaming.
– Alarms serve a purpose. They signal a problem. Sometimes it’s out there. Most times it’s in here. So before you peek outside take a good look on the inside.
||On Contentment and Longing for home
– The only ultimate disaster that can befall us, is to feel ourselves to be home on earth. As long as we are aliens, we cannot forget our true homeland.
– Unhappiness on earth cultivates a hunger for heaven. By gracing us with a deep dissatisfaction, God holds our attention.
– We are not happy here because we are not supposed to be happy here, we are not home yet. We are not made for this place, but there’s a place made for us.
– Rest on this earth is false rest. Beware of those who urge you to find happiness here; you won’t find it.
– Those moments of reflective happiness are appetizers for the dish that is to come.
– Anything anyone imagines about heaven is inadequate. No one has come close.
– Lower your expectations of earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.
– Contentment is a difficult virtue because nothing on earth can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God and our hearts will only be at peace when we see him.
– We can’t be satisfied on earth, not because we are greedy but because we are hungry for something only God can satisfy. Longing is part of life. It’s only natural to long for home while on a journey.
– We often forfeit our patience for eagerness as we demand in this world only what the next world can give.
– When it comes to heaven, one view of the peak will justify the pain of the path.
There’s power in a name. It can either hurt or heal the bearer. Especially when the name comes from the lips of God. He has saved a special name for each of us…because the future is so promising that it demands a new title.
Like I mentioned earlier, the title of this book doesn’t do much justice to its content, or maybe it’s just me that feels that way.
Reading this book was fascinating because it reminded me of many truths I had already known. I really love Max Lucado’s style of writing. It’s so beautiful.
You need to read this book if you haven’t. That’s all I’ve got to say 😄