Is ‘Normalcy’ a good thing?

My dear friend Monse gave me a book when I traveled back to Dallas a few weeks ago.  She explained to me that it was all the rage in the Dallas area and that one of her small groups were getting ready to go through it.  I was embarrassed to say that I had never heard of it, so she graciously gave me her copy explaining that she would just pick up another.  The book is entitled Crazy Love  – Overwhelmed by a relentless God and was written by Francis Chan.  I’ve began reading it.  Thank You Monse!

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Francis is the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California.  He has written what may be a groundbreaking book that’s aim is to shatter the ‘normalcy’ of your life.  I’m only through the 1st Chapter, but have found much food for thought.

One of the first things that he addresses is our inaccurate view of God.  He says,

“The core problem isn’t the fact that we’re lukewarm, halfhearted, or stagnant Christians.  The crux of it all is why we are this way, and it is because we have an inaccurate view of God.  We see Him as a benevolent being who is satisfied when people manage to fit Him into their lives in some small way.  We forget that God never had an identity crisis.  He knows that He is great and deserves to be the center of our lives.  Jesus came humbly as a servant, but He never begs us to give Him some small part of ourselves.  He commands everything from His followers.”

Francis challenges us with the question, ‘Have you ever wondered if we’re missing it?’  He continues with,

“It’s crazy, if you think about it.  The God of the universe — the Creator of nitrogen and pine needles, galaxies and E-minor — loves us with a radical, unconditional, self-sacrificing love.  And what is our typical response?  We go to church, sings songs, and try not to cuss.”

I’m thinking that this book is going to shake the tenants of many lives… mine included.  After all, all I want is normalcy. 

For months I’ve been craving a ‘time out’ from this amazing journey that God is leading my husband & I on.  I’ve wanted a period of time where I have a reliable and manageable  life.  I’ve been sorta tired of the suprises around every corner and out of left field.  It’s not that I have wanted time away from God, but I have desired a ‘break’ from the Calling at hand. 

Well, flip my world upside down…. I’m thinkin’ that God planned for Monse to give me this book.  He knew that I needed a serious kick in the pants.  He wanted to remind me of  Who He is and why I’m here. 

If you get a moment, go to www.crazylovebook.com and check out the videos “Awe Factor” and “Just Stop and Think”.  Let the words of Francis Chan and the Truths from our Lord move your heart to a place of awe and wonder.  Our God is the Great I Am.  And worthy to be praised. 

God is holy

“God said to Moses, ‘I am who I am” Ex 3:14

God is eternal

“But you, O Lord, sit enthroned forever; your renown endures through all generations… But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” Ps 102:12, 27

God is all-knowing

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”  Hebrews 4:13

God is all-powerful

“For by Him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.”   Col 1:16

God is fair and just

“For God does not show favoritism.”  Romans 2:11

 

P.S. Stay tuned for more reaction and insights as I go through Crazy Love.  I want more of Jesus.  Do you?

P.P.S.  JUST ANNOUNCED:  Crazy Love has been awarded the 2009 Retailers Choice Award.

 

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