A few weeks back, a dear friend and co-worker introduced me to a book titled Radical by David Platt. She was telling me about it and asked me if I wanted to read some of it on her Ipad. Of course I did, it sounded very interesting. Little did I know what an impact it would have on me. The thing is, I am only half way through with the book, and my heart is so heavy, so full of a desire to do everything and obey my God.
My issue is, where do I begin? The book talks about all kind of different ways to help. My mind is racing with all kinds of ideas: help out a homeless shelter, provide food to the needy, buy clothes for the needy, sell my items that I don't need, pack up and move to Honduras. Seriously.... reading this book changed my outlook on everything. I am soaking every single bit of the book up, taking notes along the way, passing them on to Randall. I think I might start blogging about some of the notes as well. Maybe those posts will help others.
The book talks about being Radical for God. Here in America, we don't even understand what being "radical for God" means. We think sitting in our padded church pews, in an A/C or heated santuary that costs more money than most people outside of America make in 10 years, for 1 hour (4 hours for those who attend Sunday School, Sunday night, and Wed night) with a parking lot full of millions of dollars worth of vehicles, is radical. Um.....not so much. We seriously have it all wrong. We think we are doing what's right when we upgrade our phones, our cars, our clothes, our everything. We also think that giving some money in the church plate and donating our clothes to the local shelter one time a year is enough. I am not saying this isn't good, but is it RADICAL!? When Jesus said to sell all your goods and follow me, he didn't mean sell what you don't want and come with Me. He meant everything.
So, my question for the people who read this blog, what are you doing that is Radical? I want some ideas. We live in such a tiny town ( not saying it has to be here in America) and I would love to make an impact here to begin with. I can't wait to start this journey. Share with me please! I am going to be praying hard about this, and I pray that you do too. GET YOUR HANDS ON THIS BOOK!