I hope everyone is having a great week enjoying the snow. Our life group at Cornerstone is currently studying through book, Crazy Love by Francis Chan. Each week, I will be recapping our previous meeting and talking about the current chapter we are reading. This week’s assignment is to read chapter 2 and come prepared to discuss it Friday night. Join in with your comments below. The discussion is open to those who are not in our life group as well.
We had a great meeting last week, plenty of people and plenty of discussions. We even got to see the newest addition to our group, 2 week old baby Caleb. This book is already making us think. The first chapter establishes a proper perspective of God. When you recognize God for His holiness and power, it changes your perspective on how to live. When we stop praying out of routine, and start praying out of love and a desire to spend time with our Father, we will hear from God clearly and regularly.
I really enjoyed reading the 2nd chapter. When I initially read the book, this was the chapter that really grabbed my attention and got me interested in the book. It’s one of those tough messages that we need to hear. The chapter starts out by reminding us that we could die any minute, and it goes on to remind us that our life is completely about the story of God. It reminded me of the opening quote from Rick Warren’s, The Purpose Driven Life …
It’s not about you. The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God.
In James 4:13-14, we see that our life is short, that life is brief, and that it is up to us to make the most of it for God. On page 42, Chan gives us definitions for stress and worry. “Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, or powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towrard others, or out tight grip of control.” When I read that, it really convicted me of how much I worry and stress about things that aren’t important in life. I also connected with the analogy that compared our life to a movie about God. Our role is an extra in the story and we only appear for a split-second. We are not the star! So why do we live our lives as if we are the center of the whole universe? The chapter ends with a simple quote, “Friends, we need to stop living selfish lives, forgetful of our God.”
Let me challenge you this week to slow down and look at the big picture. Realize that you were created for God, and that he deserves our obedience and love. Let me know your thougths in the comments below. Also, here is the video overview from chapter 2. You can find more information at the website for Crazy Love.