Is it really about me?
I’m currently reading this book and I think it would be appropriate to blog my first impression. I’ve already gone through the first half of the book and it talks about how our life really doesn’t revolve around us. It revolves around our Creator. Lucado justifies that God as the creator of the universe is glorious. This glory is not just enough to describe Him as big, powerful, and more than that. In reality, there are no words to describe His glory. Yet, in the old testament, Lucado emphasizes that this glory, God’s glory, is just what we need. Just as Moses had a glimpse of His glory in the midst of his problems managing the Israelites, he became okay and his face glowed. Same with us, if we will just have a glimpse of his glory, we will be okay in the midst of our problems. (This is just what I really need at the moment.)
Another concept in this book is that God does not reveal His glory for His good. We need to witness it for ours.
This concept is further explained by a story in the book:
You’re floundering neck-deep in a dark, cold sea. Ship sinking. Life jacket deflating. Strength waning. Through the inky night comes the voice of a lifeboat pilot. But you cannot see him. What do yo want the driver of the lifeboat to do? Be quiet? Say nothing? Stealth his way through the drowning passengers? By no means! You need volume! Amp it up, buddy! In biblical jargon, you want him to show his glory. You need to hear him say, “I am here. I am strong. I have room for you. I can save you!” Drowning passengers want the pilot to reveal his preeminence.
Lacado also mentioned that God is not only holy, but He is holy, holy, holy. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present. His knowledge of the universe is the same as His knowledge of us, faults and all. When Isaiah encountered this holiness, he humbled himself. One glimpse and God’s holiness silences human boasting.
When it comes to time, God has neither. He is eternity. For us humans that is so time-bound, affected by the simple changes in time, it is but a refreshing take to know that since God’s time is eternal, we then know that forever does apply. That our life is just temporary. Quoting Lucado to emphasize this:
“All about me,” counsel says. “Life is short — get out.”
God’s wisdom, however, says, “Life is short — stay in.”
Instead of jumping ships from one relationship to another, or one career to the other, God’s wisdom says stay and be good stewards of God’s blessings. Life is short and we don’t know what will happen next. Hmm. Makes sense.
With life comes change. But with change comes the reassuring appreciation of heaven’s permanence. His firm foundation stands. His house will stand forever.
Lastly, for part one of the book, Lucado intensifies his message by saying that God’s love slackens the thirsty throat and softens the crusty heart by giving His only son. That His love is immeasurable.
If it’s all about you, then it’s all up to you.
That means we will be in charge with managing the whole universe, listening to all the people’s concerns and providing solutions, overseeing several creations and ensuring these creations are working fine. Whew! Talk about lot of work. Not to mention the price one has to pay for the sins of all the people. As Lucado highlights,
You can no more die for your own sins than you can solve world hunger.
That’s why giving someone (an important one) who can do this for all the people in the world — people who in return can’t really give back, just shows God’s great love for us. For you. For me.
And so that’s it. That’s just the first part of the book and I’m already blown away. I’ll continue reading the 2nd part and will share more of the nuggets I’ll learn. 🙂