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Review: Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will

Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will by Kevin DeYoung

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I admit it: I have become weary of the “life purpose” discussion. Not because I do not believe that God had a purpose for our lives; the Bible is clear that he does. Purpose has become coopted by both the religious, like good ole Rick Warren, and by the non-religious alike. It is hard for me not to roll my eyes when talking to people who are disappointed with their jobs because they don't think that they have quite found what they were “made to do.”

I have read Kevin DeYoung before, and so when I found his book on the topic of purpose and finding God's will, well, I can't say that I wasn't skeptical. Yet, if anyone could give the topic a good treatment I have to say that I expected him to be one. Conclusion: not disappointed.

Simply put: DeYoung says everything I have wanted to say about finding purpose and God's will that I have wanted to say, and more. Does God have a plan for your life? Yes. Is it the kind of plan that he will tell you in advance? No. Have you read the Bible? Even the “heroes” of the Bible rarely, if ever, get told what God wants them to do in advance. Even the prophets generally are told “you are my prophet,” then “say this.” Even Moses, granted he was told that he would be the one to lead the people out of Egypt, he was only told what the ultimate end would be, but only one step at a time in the process.

God's will is for your sanctification. God wants you to become holy. That is his main purpose for your life. Everything you go through is to accomplish that goal in your life and in the lives of those around you. God's purpose for your life may be extremely hard and challenging. It may bring heartache and tears. Finding yourself in the gutter may not be any indication of your having made a misstep or fallen from God's will. It may be the crucible in which you are being pruified and perfected.

Stop fretting about what God's will is for your life; just love him and then just do something!



Twitter Tuesday: 8/2/2011

Thanks to Gramie and Granpop, Hidi and I got to step out with some friends for a few hours.  Thank you again to people who continue to show up with meals that help to take off so much stress.

Other than Tinsley’s treatments every 4 hours it has been a rather quiet week, that is until this morning.  Tinsley had some labored breathing over the past few days that were rather episodic, but today it was stronger and more difficult to shake.  Our home healthcare nurse suggested we take him to get evaluated at the hospital.  They quickly did an xray and found that he has pneumonia.  He was admitted to the PICU for stabilization.  Expecting to stay for 3 to 10 days depending on how well he responds to medication.

Good news is that he has been smiling at the hospital after being fussy and in distress for a few hours this morning.  And he gained weight: he now weighs more than 4 kilos!

Click here for more on Tinsley’s history.

Here is what you may have missed on my Twitter feed this week:

  • We’d probably sin less if we spent less time thinking about our sins […] and more time meditating on the love […] of God. -Kevin DeYoung
  • The purpose of prayer is to glorify God.
  • Turning the other cheek often leaves you with two broken jaws. Jesus is still King, and still right. (via @DrMoore)
  • Stephen Hawking is really the guy to decide if God created the universe? http://j.mp/mQfzm6
  • Here’s a good example of why you should not take one verse alone from it’s context. http://bible.us/Prov6.4.ESV
  • If you can change “Jesus” to “baby” in your worship music and it still make sense, you are NOT singing Christ-exalting lyrics.
  • “Jesus is not only the guide; he is the destination.” – Michael Horton (via @MattCapps)

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Twitter Tuesday: 7/26/11

It has been so long since I have been able to sit down to the computer with more than one brain cell functioning!  If you have followed me on Twitter or facebook or read through my most recent posts, you may have a vague idea of the events that have surrounded my son’s fight to breathe.

In summary after 3 breathing emergencies outside the hospital, Tinsley, now 3-months old, has a tracheotomy and a feeding tube.  Doctors seem hopeful that the feeding tube is very temporary and we are comforted to know that his fight to breathe is much resolved with the new airway.

As is the fashion with Twitter Tuesday posts, here is what you may have missed on my twitter feed this week:

  • Discharge from the hospital today! Our 3-month-old is coming home… hopefully to stay this time! (20 Jul)
  • I get to sleep in a bed for the first time in a month! #hospitaljoys (21 Jul)
  • Brief run to the ED with Tinsley. All is well; we just had an equipment malfunction and needed medical assistance. (21 Jul)
  • Divine love without divine wrath is meaningless. – Kevin DeYoung
  • “A summons to kingdom living” is #notthegospel – Kevin DeYoung
  • There is no New Testament evidence of a churchless Christian. – Kevin DeYoung
  • Me thinks @piratechristian is the Lutheran version of Jon Stewart (@TheDailyShow).
  • What happens when the washing machine decides to stop spinning? http://yfrog.com/h412fgcj
  • “We can hear the gospel every Sunday, and eat it too.” – Kevin DeYoung

Hopefully this post will mark my ability to get back on track with sharing great Christian resources, exposing some very poor ones, and sharing thoughts on faith and our hope expressed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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