I'm a devour-er of books. Usually 48 hours and done, but this one caused me to sit back and take a slow read, to get out highlighters and sticky notes. To underline and write in the margins. To sit in the quiet and drink in words that sparked in my soul.
"Jesus came to the foulest, filthiest place possible (earth), a place full of ungrateful, self-destructive people who would betray Him far more than they'd love Him (a whole planet of Judases). He broke His body for rich people who would curse Him the second their prosperity was endangered. He poured His blood out for those who would take His Word and use it as a bludgeoning tool. He became the offering for people who would slander His name with ferocity, yet His grace was theirs for the asking until they drew their last breaths, even if all they could offer Him was a lifetime of hatred and one moment of repentance." - Jen Hatmaker, Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity.
This Gospel. This sacrifice. This grace is staggering. Life changing. And yet I find that many days the details of my life aren't changed at all. What if? That's the question so beautifully presented in Interrupted. What if this truth changed "the way we celebrate holidays," the way we "spend our excess," the way we see other people. What if?
What if the call to love my neighbors and the least of these applies not just to one week of the year in another community, but in the way I live my Tuesdays in MY community? What if?
This isn't a new way of thinking for me because just a few short years ago my all day, every day was framed by these principles, but then a job change and move uprooted and replanted us and that way of living was suspended. It's amazing how quickly life became consumed by home and family.
Interrupted was a grace and humor infused shove to rethink my everyday. As Jen says, "we spend the majority of our lives in our homes, our neighborhoods, at work, in school." "How would our communities be transformed if our churches became servants to our cities?"
I'm not sure what that looks like for me as I type these words, but I know it doesn't look like sitting on my couch eating salt and vinegar potato chips in my free time - not that I would ever do that!
And if I'm compelled to get off my couch, I may as well drag you along. If you're feeling a bit too comfortable or a little restless, this book may be just what you need. I'd loan you my copy, but it's all dog-earred and marked up. So, I'm going to give away one copy to someone who comments right here on this blog post. I'll choose a winner at random at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 4.