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Book Title: It's NOT About ME: Rescue From the Life We Thought Would Make Us Happy|
The author of the book: Max Lucado
Edition: Integrity Publishers
Date of issue: March 1st 2004
ISBN 13: 9781591450429
Format files: PDF
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As a Christian, periodically I need to re-read this book because I lose my perspective. So today, I am back into this wonderful book. As a human being, at times, my thoughts are focused on being "Number 1." I'm blinded by my self-centerness which comes out in what I think and say. Lucado's "It's Not About Me" book is a great wake up call, and helps to me to focus on God and His Will. Lucado's writing is easy to read and his stories reveal where you are and also plants, inside your heart, little reminders of who this is all about. The words below we're written by Max Lucado in this book.
1 Corinthians 8:6 NLT -- There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him.
Why does the earth spin? For him.
Why do you have talents and abilities? For him.
Why do you have money or poverty? For him.
Strengths or struggles? For him.
Everything and everyone exists to reveal his glory. Including you.
The Message is about Him --
A Euopean village priest in medieval times once gathered his church for a special service. "Come tonight," he told them, "for a special sermon on Jesus." And they did. They came. To their surprise no candles illuminated the sanctuary. They groped their way to the pews and took their seats. The priest was nowhere to be seen. But soon he was heard walking through the church toward the front. When he reached the crucifix that hung on the wall, he lit a candle. Saying nothing, he illuminated the pierced feet of Christ, then the side, then each hand. Lifting the candle, he shed on the blood-masked face and the crown of thorns. With a puff, he blew out the candle and dismissed the church.
We may do nothing more.
We may do nothing less.
Just A Moment
One phrase my daughter learned gave me pause. Jenna was nearly two years of age, just learning to speak well. With her little hand lost in my big one, we walked through the lobby of our apartment building. Suddenly she stopped. Spotting a ball, she looked up at me and requested, "Just a moment." sliding her hand from mine, she walked away.
A moment? Who had told her about moments? To date, her existence had been time-free. Toddlers know no beginning or end or hurry or slow or late or soon. The small world of a child amplifies present tense and diminishes future and past. But Jenna's phrase, "Just a moment," announced that time had entered her world.
Time had invaded her world. Life, she's discovering, is a cache of moments: measurable and countable increments, like change in a pocket. Everyone has a certain number of moments. Everyone that is, except God. God is the Everlasting King. "Before Abraham was born, I am." (John 8:58). God never says I was because He still is. He is eternal. Eternity makes no sense to us, the time bound. It's like getting a book in a foreign language that you can't read. But what if someone taught you how to read and write the language? With God's help the same is happening to you and me regarding eternity. If life was measured by the grains of sand, how would we stacked up? Need a phrase to summarize the length of your life on earth? Try Jenna's "Just a moment." as Paul said, "Our light afflictions, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory." ( 2 Corinthians 4:17)
What if we took the same attitude toward life? Discouraged, some reply "what about me, life is short, get out." God's wisdom, however says, "Life is short -- stay in." God stacks all our struggles and burdens on one side of the pan scale, and places an eternal weight of glory on the other side. Endless joy. Measureless peace. An eternity of him. Watch what happens as he sets eternity on your scale.
Everything changes! The burdens lift. The heavy becomes light when weighed against eternity. If life is "just a moment," can't we endure any challenge for a moment?
We can be sick for just a moment.
We can be lonely for just a moment.
We can be persecuted for just a moment.
We can struggle for just a moment.
Can't we wait for our peace? It's not about us anyway. And it's certainly not about now.
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Read information about the authorWith more than 125 million products in print and several NYT bestsellers, Max Lucado is America's bestselling inspirational author. He serves the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and their mischievous mutt, Andy. His next book is publishing September 2017 and is titled Anxious for Nothing.