When you were a kid, were you ever pushed? Literally?
As an adult, have you ever been around a pushy person?
As an adult, has someone ever challenged you to do better…pushed you?
Well as we get close to the end of Crazy Love, I want to reflect back on what I feel about the book. It has pushed me.
How do we often respond to pushing?
Do we push back?
Do we get angry?
Or do we give up and say I can’t do what you are pushing me to do?
Do we do the opposite of what the person is pushing us to do just to spite them?
Most of us don’t like to be pushed but to me that is what Pastor Chan has done to me. He has pushed me.
Sometimes I find unusual sources to help me blog on certain topics. This morning when I was doing my morning exercise routine and “pushing” myself, I thought about Crazy Love and how it pushes all of us Christians.
What are the benefits of being pushed?
Kathy Cupino has written about this on the Forbes Magazine Webpage and I want to take her main points and spin them in a Crazy Love Christian direction.
You will be able to let perfection go. I don’t know that any human being can seek perfection. I believe the only person who ever lived a perfect life here on earth was Jesus Christ. I don’t live a perfect life; far from it. I do the best I can like all of us but I fall short. I can’t help but fall short. Romans 7: 17 is representative of the problem we all face: “As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.” I wish the sin was not living in me but thanks to Adam and Eve, it is. It is terribly frustrating to try to live a life of perfection. Let it go.
You will have more control. Before you disagree, look at the word “more”. As humans we want control over our lives. Everyone wants some control but it is silly to think that we will ever have ultimate control. God has ultimate control. Our control comes in how we respond to being pushed. If we respond in anger that is our choice. If we respond in doing nothing that is a choice. If we respond in action that is another. Think over your response to being pushed. Is the push what you need? Will it get you to where you need to be? You control that response.
You will have a life experience that will be fuller. Think about it. We all have circumstances that we have to deal with. Relationships. Jobs. Financial means. Interests. Skills etc. What are we doing with what we have? Are you letting your unique set of circumstances go to waste or are you challenging yourself to grow and “be the best you can be”? Those are your options. I have had times in my life when I felt I was utilizing my skills better than most. Can you say that? Life is short and having someone push us is good. The pushing can result in a “life well lived” and that is a good thing.
You will define yourself authentically. What this means to me is that we will discover who we are as we respond to being pushed. Some people bring out our best and that is good. We can discover things we had no idea we could do. DL Moody states that “Moses spent his first forty years thinking he was somebody. He spent his second forty years learning he was a nobody. He spent his third forty years discovering what God can do with a nobody.” Does that relate to you? Of course it does. God can do wonders with people who are self-doubters. If you say, I have no authority, I have no skill, I have no knowledge and I have no courage, you will be stuck. Getting pushed will get you to the point in life where you can find out what you can do; you can find out that you are more than you thought.
You will inspire others. Yes this happens. People notice what we do. Some people notice and they make changes based on what you have done. Pastor Carl Crouse has blogged on this topic and he uses the old adage “You are the only Bible that some people will read.” What he means is your actions speak volumes. “The Lord is calling you to serve him by serving others. Do not hold back because of your reputation with others or because of criticisms of others, but focus on your God-given opportunities and your gifts from God. Everybody has something that could hold them back from fully serving God, those feelings come from our human perspective; God is calling you to focus on Him, His gifts, His desires, and to serve Him in purity, motivated only by making a difference to others in the name of Jesus Christ.” When you act and others see how you act, you can cause others to do better in their lives.
You will have no regrets in the end. Let’s not dwell on this too much because it does little good to threaten people but in the end, we are going to face judgement. Romans 14: 10-12 states “ ‘For we will all stand before the judgement seat of God: for it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.” Pastor Chan says it so well in these words “What did you do with what I gave you?” That’s a thought that makes me think I need to be using my talent. I need to be working to further His kingdom in this world. I need to “finish my race.” I was listening to a Nashville sports station on the radio the other day and the topic of discussion was a listing of professional athletes who wasted their gifts. The topic was “could’ve, should’ve, would’ve but they didn’t” Do you want to be on that list? I don’t think so.
As I get close to the end of Crazy Love and I reflect back on what I feel about the book, it has pushed me.
And you know what?
I needed to be pushed.