Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What's New and Book Review Combo

I'm typing quietly because we just closed our apartment door at midnight and have approximately seven hours before the silence gets chased away by nine RAs ready for retreat.  We try to enjoy both the silence and the chaos fully...thus the quiet typing.

Breaks come at the most appropriate times.  And then when we enjoy them thoroughly nights like tonight feel excitingly electric with the energy of everyone coming back.  So we took an excited toddler and friends to Chick-fil-a, baked muffins to prepare for the on-the-road team breakfast, helped a stranded RA and talked a lot.  Now all is quiet especially since the RA guys just left for the ever-essential Cookout for late night greasy burgers that will presumably help them roll out of bed easier at 7 a.m.

Just wanted to quickly share a book we had the privilege of finishing during our semi-quiet break.  It's our primary read for the team going to India in May and you can get a copy FREE.  Here.  Thought we would share from the last page a challenge that follows a convicting look at the suffering of the "untouchable" children of India and one organization offering hope.
The world is broken, filled with so much suffering, so many precious children -- all lost and helpless.  I want to lead them to Jesus, the One who is their hope.  But I can't turn back the clock.  Time flies by and before we know it, it's all over.  There's the final good-bye from this earth and to all the things we thought were so important and held on to so tightly.
Think about it!  One hundred years from now, what do they matter?  The house, cars, clothes, pearls, bank accounts, vacations, real estate, opinions of others, honors we sought and lived for.  Oh, how silly we are not to live in the light of eternity! 
Now is our opportunity to see these precious people come to know the Lord.  Amy Carmichael once said, 'We shall have all eternity to celebrate the victories, but we have only the few hours before sunset in which to win them.' 
What a day it is going to be when we stand before the throne to find multitudes that no man can number from every nation, every tribe and every tongue!  Our willingness to work these few hours will make eternity that much richer. 
I plead with you to stop and think about what I am saying.  Take your driver's license...and look at it.  See your date of birth on it.  How old are you now?  Maybe 20, 40, 60 years...  Add 100 years to your present age.  Where are you now?  Where is your house?  How much do the opinions of others matter to you? 
You see what I am talking about. 
Live in the light of eternity.  Love God by loving others.  Make your life count.

Whew.  Such a simply written book that grips the heart and challenges us deeply in this new year ahead.

And now for another new year challenge:  good rest.  Tomorrow morning the silence gives way to chaos.  : )

Night all!


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