None of us can help everyone. But all of us can help someone. And when we help them, we serve Jesus.
Max Lucado, page 172
It is hard to turn on the t.v. and not see evidence of of the depravity in our world. Max Lucado’s newest book Out Live Your Life encourages his reader, you and me, to move from the couch to an active participant meeting in the world’s needs.
Out Live Your Life is an inviting, gripping read that tells Biblical and modern day stories about how individuals reach out and make a difference in the world. One story talks about a taxi driver in London who read an article about microfinance which “provides small loans to poor people so they can increase their income and decrease their vulnerability to unforeseen circumstances” (p. 47-48). These loans are provided to individuals in third world countries to start or increase their businesses. This taxi driver provided a loan of fifty-five dollars through an organization to a Brazilian grocery owner. This small loan by our standards allowed this businessman to increase in business, pay back the loan and build a real home for his family. This small sacrifice re-wrote the story of this man and his family.
The book is full of stories like this and draws you in. I found myself not wanting to put the book down, and wondering what I can do to make a difference. Some books or articles like this can leave the reader guilty and unsure of where to move forward. Out Live Your Life is not such a book. Many of the examples that Lucado uses are simple ones that even you and I could do. Whether it’s working with an organization like Hope International to finance a new business, or even mowing our neighbors yard each of us are capable, even called, to make a difference in the world.
This book will encourage anyone to make a difference where they are. I also plan to use a couple chapters as supplemental reading in my Intro to Leadership course in the spring.
I would whole-heartedly recommend purchasing this book for your own reading and for sharing with others. 100% of the author’s royalties from Live Your Life go to World Vision. If you feel like you want to make a difference check out these organizations: Hope International, Compassion International, Mocha Club, World Vision, and the Mentoring Project.