Have you ever noticed how quick we are to blame God for the difficulties in our lives but how much we take for granted all the undeserved kindness He shows us?
I woke up in a climate-controlled house today…due to the goodness of God.
I have a closet full of clothes…due to the goodness of God.
I have options about what type of food to eat this evening…due to the goodness of God.
The Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift that we have in life comes from God (James 1:17). That means everything – not just “spiritual” blessings but everything good in our lives – comes as a result of His kindness.
I am loving this book. I’ll admit; I was a bit skeptical when I began reading even though I listen to Perry Noble regularly. When I read things like…
“God wants more for your life” or “leave your normal life behind and live a life unleashed” or “the abundant life God has for us,” I pause. I think, “is this another prosperity-type book that promises Christians an awesome life with little or no problems or suffering? Is this a book that wants us to think the Bible is about us, instead of Jesus?”
This book is NOT that. In fact, it’s the opposite.
It’s real and practical, placing Jesus at the center.
Here’s more insight into the book’s theme:
Most of us don’t even consider living a life that is unleashed. Instead, we settle for average, routine, predictable. But the Bible describes the life of a Christ follower as anything but boring. God doesn’t want us to live mediocre, mundane lives.
If that’s the case, then why do so may of us wake up in the morning fully expecting nothing more than “normal”?
I’m here to tell you that it’s completely possible to live a life beyond normal.
It’s completely possible to live with purpose rather than stumble through our days trying to figure out, ‘Why in the world am I here?’
It’s completely possible to live a life marked by freedom and passion rather than one filled with regret and shame.
It’s completely possible to live in right relationships with other people rather than let unforgiveness hold us hostage.
It’s completely possible for the tragedies in our lives to make us stronger rather than cripple us.
It’s completely possible to end strong at the finish line rather than limp along in defeat.
It’s completely possible to move beyond normalcy and embrace the abundant life God has for us.
I can’t wait to finish the book and share more! So far the chapters on “The Performance Trap” and “Triumph Over Tragedy” have deepened my understanding of more Jesus, less me. I have also gained a new, much-needed perspective on forgiveness.
I’d love to know what you think of the book, too!