Do you want a challenging and enlightening read this summer? Start with N.D. Wilson’s Death By Living (Thomas Nelson, 2013. 190 pages). I love Wilson’s style, wit, and warped humor. He has a HUGE view of God and a graciously realistic view of humanity and the new humanity created in Christ Jesus. Here is a snippet. Pick up a copy online today. Share this post on Facebook and leave a comment for a chance to win a copy.
If life is a story, how shall we then live?
It isn’t complicated (just hard).
Take up your life and follow Him. Face trouble. Pursue it. Climb it. Smile at its roar like a tree planted by cool water even when your branches groan, when your golden leaves are stripped and the frost bites deep, even when your grip on this earth is torn loose and you fall among mourning saplings.
Shall we die for ourselves or die for others?
For most of us, the question is rarely posed in our final mortal moment (although there is glory when it is). Death is the finish line of this preliminary race. Shall we cross the finish line for ourselves or for others? The choice isn’t waiting for us down the track. The choice is now.
Death is now. The choice is here.
Lay your life down. Your heartbeats cannot be hoarded. Your reservoir of breaths is draining away. You have hands, blister them while you can. You have bones, make them strain–they can carry nothing to the grave. You have lungs, let them spill with laughter. (page 84)