crazy.

If you haven’t read Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, drop whatever you’re doing right now and get your hands on it (the easiest way to do so being to simply click on the book in the carousel above and have Amazon do all the work for you).  I’ve only just finished reading/inhaling/licking it, umm yeah Sheri (you know who you are), I’ll probably need to buy you a new copy.  I know the book fast doesn’t end until San Fran in four days, but but Cheryl (you know who you are) said this book counts as a Bible cause it’s all about God and that seemed reasonable at the time.  So glad I listened.
Crazy Love is about just that: how the creator of the universe who spoke us into being so we could live our lives as a praise song to Him loves us with a love that is so crazy the world can barely make sense of it.  I can barely make sense of it.  And how we are to love Him back with equal craziness even when it hurts.  Even when it means giving more than we’re comfortable with.  Even when it means forsaking our own desires and needs to live sacrificially so others can live better.
“The gap is so extreme in our world that we have to take lightly passages such as Luke 12:33: ‘Sell you possessions and give to the poor.’  How else can I walk out of a mud shack and back into my two-thousand-square-foot house without doing anything?  The concept of downsizing so that others might upgrade is biblical, beautiful…and nearly unheard of.  We either close the gap or don’t take the words of the Bible seriously.”
And this.
“Some people claim that we can be Christians without necessarily becoming disciples.  I wonder, then, why the last thing Jesus told us was to go into the world, making disciples of all nations, teaching them to obey all that he commanded?  You’ll notice that He didn’t add, ‘But hey, if that’s too much to ask, tell them to just become Christians-you know, the people who can get to go to heaven without having to commit to anything.'”
K, you’re prolly sick of quotes, but one more to chew on until your copy comes in the mail.
“People generally do find greater joy in giving freely to others than they do in rampant self-indulgence.  Regarding this, the playwright George Bernard Shaw writes, ‘This is true joy in life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.’…  Right now a hundred million angels are praising God’s name; He certainly doesn’t need to beg or plead with us.  We should be the ones begging to worship in His presence.”
So much meat in this book that I want to sit and chew on it all day and it’s making me think of when the last time we gave of our time and money and stuff until it hurt?  When was the last time I gave God the idea that there was no place on earth I’d rather be than sitting at His feet worshiping and asking to be changed?  Cause that’s where I am today and where I want to stay forever and lots of things have converged to make me want to stay and one of them is this book.
So this is me, confessing that I pore over catalogs when they come and dream of what I’d buy if I had an unlimited budget instead of dreaming over whose life I can change with the relative gobs and gobs of money I already have.  And this is me, asking to be changed, to have the selfishness siphoned out so that God can fill those big spaces.  And this is me, asking if you’re ready to be “overwhelmed by a relentless God” cause if you are, I’ll send a copy your way.  Just comment and I’ll pick one as randomly as I can and you’ll get yourself 205 pages of zing and pow and you’ll be changed for it.

5 Replies to “crazy.”

  1. You know I am always one of the first to comment, but don't buy it for me, cause I ordered it.
    I obeyed an impression over the weekend to do something for someone I love (you know who you are), and someone else (you know who you are) also obeyed. I can't begin to tell you the marvelous joy that came from that small act, but I long to feel that again.

    love you deep

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  2. Get one for Dad too. It'll be the new book he hands out from boxes in the trunk of his car. Oh, the joy that did come from helping one guy and his family too. Good job mom. Giving until it hurts feels so good.
    ily you deeper.
    m

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  3. just ordered two! 🙂
    miss talking to you-we need to catch up.
    I bought something for you. I saw it and you had to have it. I will bring it when I do the Murrays session at the end of the month! 🙂
    joa

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  4. I miss you too. Plus my curiosity is piqued about what thing could possibly have made you think of me and cost less than a billion dollars? Oh, I love surprises. Hmmm, was wondering if writing that would make it so, but nope. I actually hate surprised. But I will love seeing you, professionally or otherwise. Oh, and I may have some tips on how to capture the Murrays in their natural habitat. I've been observing their species for years…

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  5. Hi Megan,
    I never finish reading a book but vow I will this time! It was on the shelf at our Church library and I felt it was a nudge from God to say READ it!

    Thanks,
    Shari

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