Radical - My Heart
I'm currently reading a book called "Radical" by David Platt. I'm approximately 3/4 through it and some of my perspectives have changed because of the truth in it.
The key element to this book, which shifted the way I think, is the contrast between "The American Dream" and The Gospel of Jesus. For a long time I have been trying to figure out how to balance my aspirations for my life and my family and the Gospel of Jesus. These two things are so out of sync that it's an extremely difficult task. "Radical" points out that they aren't meant to be balanced, our aspirations are meant to follow the Gospel. Period. (Angels sing, music plays and peace reigns)
So, how has this book challenged me and what have I learned:
1. I'm challenged to "seek first the kingdom and His righteousness" and let the rest fall in line.
2. I'm challenged to look for need and try to meet it in the people around me
3. I learned that the Gospel is RADICAL and it's not something that I should try to "balance", it's what my life should be about.
4. I learned that I have had a hard heart. I haven't been listening to God because of fear and that's not okay. I need to trust God in my fear and let Him use that.
I recommend this book to anyone who has had a rough time understanding what it means to live "The American Dream" and still live the Gospel. It will help you view life through the correct lens.