“It’s not enough for you to do well. You want to do good. You want your life to matter. You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did.”
Any book that forces me to think about using my life to serve others instead of just hunkering down in middle-class suburban comfort is a book I need. Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference, by Max Lucado is just such a book.
It’s not just a “get off your butt and do something” book (though there is enough of that to be helpful). It’s a book that incorporates both how we can do that and what attitude we can and should do it with. The practicality of Lucado’s content – not to mention the discussion and action guide – are helpful in turning the challenge into action.
Most helpful for me was the chapter on humility and attitude entitled Remember Who Holds You. These words wouldn’t let my eyes continue down the page:
“We can rise too high but can never stoop to low. What gift are you giving that he did not first give? What truth are you teaching that he didn’t first teach? You love. But who loved you first? You serve. But who served the most? What are you doing for God that he could not do alone?” (pg 118)
In Lucado’s wordsmithing, storytelling ways, he guides the reader through pages that encourage, challenge, and inspire. Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. But be warned: The reading of this book might make you actually…ahem…DO something.