Thoughts from "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan

I just finished reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. I chose some of my favorite quotes and then wrote some thoughts about some. If you have time it’s a great read. Let me know your thoughts.

“Basically, these two behaviors [worry and stress] communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because that stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance” (Location 685).

“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His. It is His movie, His world, His gift” (Location 790).

“I remembered Ephesians 2:10, which tells us that we were created ‘to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ That verse is meant for me and all others who have been ‘saved by grace through faith.’ My existence was not random, nor was it an accident. God knew who He was creating, and He designed me for a specific work” (Location 1103).

Breanne’s Through: I sometimes wonder if I am doing that work. I know this can get into a deep theological conversation and I know my question is human and untrusting. But sometimes I feel like I am not doing “IT” or “THE WORK.” I know I am, I know the answer to my own questions. I guess I just want to know what’s next. Or maybe better put, am I doing the work God has for me in Cambodia to the best of my abilities? Is what I am doing truly what God wants me to do? Or am I messing stuff up? You ever feel like this?

“LUKEWARM PEOPLE are moved by stories about people who do radical things for Christ, yet they do not act. They assume such action is for ‘extreme’ Christians, not average ones. Lukewarm people call ‘radical’ what Jesus expected of all His followers. ‘Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says’ (James 1:22)” (Location 1384).

Breanne’s Thought: What I love about God is that he calls us all to different places at different times. Throughout this book, one thing I think the author did mediocre, is point out that not everyone is called to move to Cambodia, not everyone will called to move into some hut in Africa. God has called you to be a soccer mom or dad in Tacoma Washington. Fantastic. Do what God called you to do to the best of your ability. Love the people in Tacoma the way Jesus would have and while God has me here I will do my best to love the people of Cambodia the way Jesus would have.

“C. S. Lewis writes, ‘If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this’”(Location 1493).

“Do you know that nothing you do in this life will ever matter, unless it is about loving God and loving the people He has made?” (Location 2077).

“David Livingston, a missionary to Africa during the 1800s, once said during a speech to students at Cambridge University, ‘People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa.… I never made a sacrifice. We ought not to talk of ‘sacrifice’ when we remember the great sacrifice which He made who left His Father’s throne on high to give Himself for us’”(Location 2323).

Breanne’s Thought: We had a team come visit in January and the woman were thanking me for my sacrifice. I kinda rudely lashed out at them and said that I wasn't making any sacrifice. I am obeying what God has called me to do. I am no super woman and Jesse and I are not an amazing couple. God called my parents to minister in White Center, my sister’s family to ministry in Renton, and my brother’s family in Olympia, and my family in Cambodia. We are all doing what we are called to do. I did not mean to say it so harshly to them and I understand what they were saying to me. I need to listen and take their compliment. But I am thankful for the sacrifice that Christ made for us.

“‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Jesus is saying that we show tangible love for God in how we care for the poor and those who are suffering. He expects us to treat the poor and the desperate as if they were Christ Himself” (Location 2546).

Breanne’s Thought: I pray everyday that I will love the children the way God would love them. I know I fail. I know I am not as patient and kind as I should be or as God would be with them. I continually pray that I I can show them love the way God would.

“God didn’t just give a little for us; He gave His best. He gave Himself. John is saying that it is no different for us: True love requires sacrifice. And our love is shown by how we live our lives: ‘Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth’”(Location 2565).

Breanne’s Thought: Does this seem a little contradicting from the David Livingston quote? Hmmm? Have to go back and read that again.

“I wrote this book because much of our talk doesn’t match our lives. We say things like, ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,’ and ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart.’ Then we live and plan like we don’t believe God even exists. We try to set our lives up so everything will be fine even if God doesn’t come through. But true faith means holding nothing back. It means putting every hope in God’s fidelity to His promises”(Location 3682).

Breanne’s Thought: I know I am a hypocrite. I know I do not always trust. I am a planner. I like lists and plans. What can I say? My experience in Cambodia is helping me learn and trust the Lord more. I know that his plan will always succeed. No matter how hard I plan or how much I think I figured everything out God’s plan is always better in the end.

Chan, Francis (2010-01-01). Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. David C Cook. Kindle Edition.