I’ve been challenged this week, and not even sure I can put it into words. From classes to books, to church and friends’ conversations. It’s been SO great!
I’ve been enrolled in a 12 week Dale Carnegie class that is all about human relations. Through this class I’ve been challenged to learn to see things from others’ point of view and be genuine in making people feel important and valued. It is after all, a human need we all share. I’ve met some amazing people that have taught me great things — even in watching them grow and take on a new challenge.
I also picked up a great book recently, Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Essentially, it’s about learning to revel and be in awe of the love and wonder of our Father God and how badly He wants relationship with us.
I feel an echo of God saying “It’s not about you. It’s about Me. And what I can do through you.” And in this blog I tend to be vulnerable in hopes that maybe someone else resonates with the words, and can also find something to stand on.
I’ve been asking God lately a question that at the age 0f 29, most would like to already know. “What is MY purpose?” And the only thing I can conclude is that my best purpose for this life God has breathed into me is to KNOW God, and make Him known. Any song about the greatness of God, usually brings tears to my eyes because there is something inside of me that jumps and spins and bows at the very whisper of His greatness. I am here, because of His greatness.
I finished the chapter last night in Crazy Love titled “a profile of the obsessed”. And I leave you with these thoughts to chew on from Francis Chan. It has really challenged me this week. If you’ve ever read any other great books from him, I’d be curious to hear about them. This one is definitely a keeper…..
“a profile of the obsessed”
1) People who are obsessed with Jesus give freely and openly, without censure. Obsessed people love those who hate them and who can never love them back.
2) People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain or distress.
3) People who are obsessed with Jesus live lives that connect them with the poor in some way or another. Obsessed peole believe that Jesus talked about money and the poor so often because it was really important to Him.
4) Obsessed people are more concerned with obeying God than doing what is expected of fulfilling the status quo. A person who is obsessed with Jesus will do things that don’t always make sense in terms of success or wealth on this earth. As Martin Luther put it, “There are two days on my calendar: this day and that day.”
5) A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the sin of pride is always a battle. Obsessed people know that you can never be “humble enough” and so they seek to make themselves less known and Christ more known.
6) People who are obsessed with Jesus do no consider service a burden. Obsessed people take joy in loving God by loving His people.
7) People who are obsessed with God are known as givers, not takers. Obsessed people genuinely think that others matter as much as they do, and they are particularly aware of those who are poor around the world.
8) A person who is obsessed thinks about heaven frequently. Obsessed people orient their lives around eternity: they are not fixed only on what is here in front of them.
9) A person who is obsessed is characterized by committed, settled, passionate love for God, above and before every other thing and every other being.
10) People who are obsessed are raw with God; they do not attempt to mask the ugliness of their sins or failures. Obsessed people don’t put it on for God. He is their safe place, where they can be at peace.
11) People who are obsessed with God have an intimate relationship with Him. They are nourished by God’s Word throughout the day because they know that forty minutes on Sunday is not enough to sustain them for a whole week, especially when they will encounter so many distractions and alternative messages.
12) A person who is obsessed with Jesus is more concerned with his or her character than comfort. Obsessed people know their true joy doesn’t depend on circumstances or environment; it is a gift that must be chosen and cultivated, a gift that ultimately comes from God.
13) A person who is obsessed with Jesus knows that the best thing he can do is be faithful to his Savior in every aspect of life, continually saying ‘thank you’ to God. An obsessed person knows there can never be intimacy if he is always trying to pay God back or work hard enough to be worthy. He revels in his role as child and friend of God.