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Book review: “Every Day Deserves a Chance”

every day deserves a chance In typical Max Lucado fashion, this book also delivers poignant messages within simple stories. (Hmm...reminds me of another Author/Storyteller we all know...)

But accepting this message is not simple. There are some days that we want to declare “rotten,” from the minute we roll out of bed until we close our eyes at night.

Yet Lucado encourages that even those days can be redeemed. With Jesus’ grace, with God’s oversight, and with a direction for tomorrow.

The concepts shared aren’t new. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need to hear them—again and often. This book is a pleasant way to be reminded.

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Some excerpts:

Remember God’s goodness
Anxiety fades as our memory of God’s goodness doesn’t.

Take small steps
An accomplished ironman triathlete told me the secret of his success. “You last the long race by running shorts ones.” Don’t swim 2.4 miles; just swim to the next buoy. Rather than bike 112 miles, ride 10, take a break, and bike 10 more. Never tackle more than the challenge ahead.

Didn’t Jesus offer the same counsel? “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34 God’s Word).

Face challenges in stages. You can’t control your temper forever, but you can control it for the next hour. ...You last the long race by running the short ones.

Deny self
Behold the missing ingredient of a great day: self-denial. Don’t we assume just the opposite? …When was the last time you read this ad copy: “Go ahead. Deny yourself and have the time of your life!”?

Gratitude is always an option. Matthew Henry: “Let me be thankful first, because I was never robbed before; second, because, although they took my purse, they did not take my life; third, although they took my all, it was not much; and, fourthly, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.”

1 comment:

Laurie M. said...

"because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed"...WOW!
I'm encouraged just by your synopsis.


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