Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Common Life

You have just finished a meal, or watched a movie, or experienced something. The following conservation takes place.

You: Ahhhh.
Them: Did you enjoy it?
You: Yeah, I sure did.
Them: What did you enjoy about it?
You: Hmmm, I can't remember.

Such a conservation might be had with someone after you finish reading the Max Lucado book Cure for the Common Life. This book was simply a collection of Lucado sermons in the area of how to life that honors God in the best possible way.

"Let every detail in your lives - words, actions, whatever - be done in the name of the Master, Jesus", Col. 3:17.

If you have ever played baseball, you know what players call the "sweet spot" of the bat. If you hit the ball off of this area located between the end of the bat and the manufacturer's label, the ball goes far and you don't feel any sharp stinging in your hands. Miss the sweet spot and conditions are not ideal. Living in the sweet spot gives the best results, not just for hitting a baseball, but for living our lives. Such is Lucado's point in this book. If we live in our sweet spot, we are playing to our strengths. We are living the best life for God doing exactly what he made us to do.

Now if you remember the above hypothetical conversation that I had after reading this book, you can get a sense of my true opinion after completing this work. It was kind of spiritual fluff, tasty junk food. A quick read that was enjoyable, but a few days after you finish reading, you can't really remember much about the book. This is light fare that will go through your system quickly. The kind of book that is good to keep you company on a road trip, yet it won't fill your belly.