Friday, November 13, 2015
Reframe by Brian Hardin
From the God we made to the God with us.
I have somewhat mixed feelings about this book; parts of it were excellent and parts left me with questions of uncertainty, but the premise behind this book is right on. We need a relationship with God and that relationship needs to be a two-way street. Relationships with friends, with spouses involve a giving and taking on both sides. If one side always takes and the other side is the giving side, it's not a solid relationship and it likely isn't going to last. Too often that is what we do with God, we take and take and take and we forget that God wants us to give as well. We need to give ourselves to God: all of us, heart, mind, soul, will, emotions, body, etc. etc. etc. God wants a relationship with us.
Constant prayer is one thing I have been challenged with and want to do better--to just keep God in communication all day long in everything and with everybody. Think of how my speech could change if He was the central focus of my life every day.
One of the counter ideas that Brian introduces in this book is: it's all about you. Normally we say, life isn't about you and I still agree with that, but listen me out. It's all about you. You are the only one that can decide on a relationship with Jesus Christ. You are the only one living in your body. It's up to you what you do each day and how you live it out. What you do today, decisions you make today will influence others. How you live your life will influence the generations coming after you. That's just scary, but if you stop and think about it, it's very true.
Then here is where I go off on my own tangent. If I live selfishly as though life is all about me and I'm the only one that matters, I'm making decisions that could cause my children to grow up to be selfish brats. That is where life isn't about me. It's about me making decisions that teach my children to live for God, to live devoted to having a relationship with Him, and teaching them to live selflessly and devotedly.
This book was given me by Tyndale House for the purpose of reading and writing a review. All opinions expressed are my own. To learn more about the book go here.
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