Who doesn’t like Max Lucado? Honestly I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t enjoy his books. He is makes you laugh while leading you to deeper thinking. I don’t know about you for sure, but for this lady I can use all the deeper thinking I can get.
In Max Lucado’s devotional book for high school and college-age, “Make Every Day Count” we are encouraged and prodded to making every single day we are given count for eternity. The days when we’re grateful, the days we’re joyous, peaceful and inspired. We are encouraged and given the tools to make even the days we’re stressed, feel guilty, are sour, drained and feel like we lack purpose a good day.
In chapter 1 we are told to:
- Saturate your day in His grace (Luke 23:43)
- Entrust your day to His oversight. (Luke 11:3)
- Accept His direction.(Luke 9:23)
Even if that is all we did, if we just saturated our day in grace, if we entrusted everything to Him who judges justly and if we could just accept His direction instead of feeling the great, insatiable need to give directions to Him, wouldn’t that make every day a good day?
He closes chapter 1 with this,
Grace. Oversight. Direction
At the end of each chapter is a short thought called, “Day-Lifter”. It is a short synopsis of the chapter. The “Day Lifter” for chapter 1 (which, by the way, is titled “Make Every Day Count”) says:
I especially enjoyed his chapter, Passion For Purposeless Days. He used Mark 8:34. In this verse Jesus is talking to the disciples and says, “…If anyone wants to be My follower, he much deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” Mr. Lucado further explains what is meant by “his cross”. I have long thought the cross was an instrument of torture, anguish and death. I’ve thought various things were “my cross” to bear.
But Mr. Lucado explained the cross of Jesus is an instrument of grace and forgiveness. Through the cross we are redeemed, we have eternal life. We have complete access to God through grace. So our cross isn’t torturous at all. Our cross is our calling. (And if you have a few hours I highly recommend getting a good exhaustive concordance (or going to Blue Letter Bible) and reading every verse that mentions call, called, calling etc.)
“To take up cross, then, is to take up Christ‘s burden for the people of the world.” (page 96)
I give this book 5 turning pages and I can not recommend it high enough. Get one for every graduate you know this year, next year and for years to come, but get one for yourself too. You will not be disappointed and you won’t miss the bad days at all. You will find that your days count. You will remember G.O.D. Grace. Oversight. Direction. Your todays will be clarified, your tomorrows, surrendered and your yesterdays are forgiven.
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.)