Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Let's Get Started!

So…before we get started, I want to briefly go over how this will work. As I mentioned previously, I am committing myself to three blog entries a week. Each entry will be relatively short…similar to a daily devotional. I’ll be picking topics directly from Crazy Love, but will also be adding my own commentary. There will be a little homework. I’ll refer to this as THE PUSH. We’ll be working straight through the book, spending just a little time on the Preface, going all the way through Chapter 10. Today, we're going to start off easy!

PREFACE (Part 1 of 3)

This is how Francis Chan starts off Crazy Love:

“We all know something’s wrong. At first I thought it was just me. Then I stood before twenty thousand Christian college students and asked, ‘How many of you have read the New Testament and wondered if we in the church are missing it?” When almost every hand went up, I felt comforted. At least I’m not crazy.”

Take a minute to think about what he said. You may even need to read it again. What are your initial thoughts? When I first read these words, I felt this immediate sense of relief wash over me. For the past 15 months of my life, I honestly thought something was wrong with me. I consider myself to be an intelligent human being. I’m actively involved at church. My prayer life is pretty good…(but not as good as it should be). But despite all of this, I have felt little or no connection to God.

A few weeks ago, I started reading through Paul’s epistles, what I often do when I get discouraged. I love Paul! Think about it. He started out as one of Jesus’ biggest persecutors, only to end up living, and ultimately giving, his life as a sacrifice. When you read his letters, there is no doubt that Paul’s love for Jesus was profound and audacious. I want that for myself, for my children, for my husband, for all of us. But the question is how? How do we balance reverence, fear and passionate, consuming love? I understand the first two, but at this point, have a hard time wrapping my brain around the last one. But maybe that’s the problem…it’s a matter for the heart, not the brain!


I’m going easy on you today…just wait until the next one! One thing you will soon find out about me is that I LOVE MUSIC. I heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago and it truly sums up what I want from this challenge. It’s not the best video, but this clip has the lyrics. When you get a chance, take a listen. (More Like Falling in Love by Jason Gray) You might need to cut and paste the web address...


Have a Blessed Day~

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