Can I be honest with you?
Sometimes I am all talk. It sucks to admit that, but it is true.
I have a passionate heart for others. I have blogged here before about difference causes I support and believe in. And I DO believe in them.
But you know what else?
Blogging about it, maybe donating $50 here or there feels good, and at times feels like I am doing enough.
But am I?
Could I do more – of course. But do I? Because in doing more I may be asked to step out of my comfort zone. I may be called to give bigger, go places I am afraid of, serve people in my community….am I ready for that?
In his book “Overrated”, Eugene Cho tackles this very subject. In his own words, “I like to talk about changing the world but I don’t really like to do what it takes.”
Yep…the tag line of his book caught my attention in a big way.
Because if I am honest, this is me.
I have always said that I want to DO something with my life. Make a difference, BE a difference. But what am I doing about it? Not much I am afraid.
Eugene Cho wanted to start living what he was preaching. “Overrated” is his and his families journey to doing more. He challenges the reader to research and understand the causes they support and then get out there do the work.
“We owe it to ourselves to be prayerful, knowledgeable and committed to being experts on the work and conviction to which we feel called. While we may never fully get there, it’s a life long commitment to be a learner. This is, in essence, what it means to be a disciple.”
And these words hit home as well..(I am telling you this is a tough book, tough because it IS convicting but in a good way! I needed these words!)
“Don’t ask people to pray if you’re not willing to pray.”
” Don’t ask people to fast if you’re not fasting.”
“Don’t ask people to serve if you’re not willing to serve….”
I have blogged before about a cause I believe in, but then actually never did much else. Not that spreading awareness is a negative thing. There may be someone who reads our words and it is just the cause they feel called to help. But to be an even greater example, I need to be willing to forge ahead myself first!
Here’s the thing, and the point of this book – be aware. Be aware of why we are telling the stories we are. Why we write about causes we love, is it to make change or make us feel better? Are we willing to do the hard work ourselves, and not for our glory but for God’s? “Let’s not just tell a good story, let’s live a good story.”
“Ideas, dreams, and visions don’t change the world. Rather, it’s people – like you and me, who faithfully, prayerfully, and tenaciously live out these ideas, dreams, and visions – who change the world.”
Eugene is someone who has struggled with these very issues, he writes with honesty and transparency and challenges the reader to think differently. I was fortunate to receive a copy of this book from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for my honest review.
They are also giving me a copy to give away here to one lucky reader. So to enter please leave a comment sharing one cause/charity that is near and dear to you! Winner will be chosen on Friday October 3rd.
Check out the book trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/