OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE, the latest of the books by Max Lucado I have read, and one I have been most challenged by. The challenge is to take a look at my own life and ask myself if I am doing all I can to make a difference. Much of the book is based on the lives of the apostles as recorded in the book of Acts. They went from tired, discouraged men to being totally brave and filled with a passion to tell others about Jesus. Are you willing to take the extra step to let others know that Jesus loves them?
Max tells story after story of common, ordinary people who dared to make a difference. Even those who feel they have nothing material to offer, have more than they realize. There are things that each of us are capable of doing though. First of all, you may have to step out of your comfort zone. Not that you have to change your lifestyle or give away all you have, but are there people you tend to avoid? What does it cost for you to look at them, offer a genuine smile, ask how they are....and wait for an answer instead of rushing past? Learn about people who did small acts of kindness and others who made a huge impact on thousands.
As an added bonus, there are discussion questions and an action guide prepared by David Drury. This would be perfect for your small group at church or Bible study group. Not only can you talk about what you have learned, but there are plenty of suggestions for both individual and group projects. This is your opportunity to make a difference in the name of Jesus Christ. Any age group can accept the challenge to step out and step up to do more than you have ever done before. Max does live by what he teaches. 100% of his royalties of this book go to World Vision and other ministries of faith-based compassion. To learn more about this, go to www.MaxLucado.com/.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com