Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weird, and the One Thing

I just finished reading the book Weird; Because Normal Isn't Working by Craig Groeschel last night. Our church's latest sermon series is inspired by this book, and as new Growth Group leaders Jonny and I figured it would probably be prudent for us to read it and have a good idea of the big picture.

Groeschel contrasts the statistics of "normal" society with God's biblical standards on time, money, relationships, sex, and values. He calls Christians to stop comparing ourselves to "everyone else" or what's "just normal" and take steps to be "weird" - to live the holy, set-apart, swimming-against-the-current lives that Jesus actually called us to.

Overall, I like his writing style. It reads as if you're sitting down and having a conversation with him. I haven't heard him speak, but I get the impression that he's someone who speaks and writes in the same style. I appreciate that. Probably the single biggest thing I appreciated about this book, though, was that it's practical. Groeschel doesn't just share statistics and verses (there are lots of those in there); he also gives practical next-step guidelines for making real changes - without turning it into a quick-fix program.

This book struck home for me because I've been pondering a lot of the same things in the last year or two. It helped me to evaluate where I've been, where I'm going, and really put some thought into how to get there.

There are things I'm still pondering, too. At the end, he asks four questions. I won't spoil all of them - I want you to read the book for yourself! But one is "What one thing do you desire from God?" He uses the example of Psalm 27:4 when David asks to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

As I think over this question, I'm not sure what my answer is. Really. I'm going to have to think about it and ask God about it.

What about you? What one thing do you desire from God?

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