Living Life Beyond Self – Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Recently, I have heard from people who were reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan, a preacher in Simi Valley, California. Sounded like there were some very thought-provoking ideas and encouragement, so when my husband brought it home, I decided I would start it right away. You can read about the funny part of the reading experience at JJ&A Simonds’s Blog.
When I started, I knew I wanted to jot down some things that were meaningful to me so that I could share with all of you who read. As I began, I quickly realized that there would be more than I would have time to share; I was wondering how I would narrow things down to just a few important lessons that would hopefully spark your interest, so that you could read and see how to apply the lessons in your life. Crazy Love will affect people in different ways, but there is something for everyone. Here are random lessons I hope to apply this very day.
“When I am consumed by my problems – stressed out about life, my family, my job – I actually convey the belief that I think the circumstances are more important than God’s command to always rejoice”
Approach time with God not with fear or out of pure obedience, but rather with reverent intimacy
Irony: “while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want him most of the time”
I Corinthians 13 – the LOVE chapter – insert my name and ask, is it true of me….”jennifer is patient, jennifer is kind, jennifer does not envy, jennifer always trusts, etc” AM I LOVE?
Trusting in God can be like running…unnatural at first, but once you run towards God as your refuge and you focus on Christ consistently, trust becomes more natural and not exhausting (there’s much more to this…see p. 104)
“People who are obsessed with Jesus aren’t consumed with their personal safety and comfort above all else. Obsessed people care more about God’s kingdom coming to this earth than their own lives being shielded from pain and distress.”
“We never grow closer to God when we just live life; it takes deliberate pursuit and attentiveness”
“If you are just hearing the Word and not actually doing something with it, you’re deceiving yourself”