Definition of an Emergency

Shaun Groves:

This past weekend – thanks to an e-mail from a blog reader – I listened to a sermon by Francis Chan (three times) called “Living To Display The Gospel” and was re-inspired by a new answer. In his message he told the story of how he decided to give away a large sum of money he earned. And he ended the story by saying that some people ask him if it’s wise to give it all away. “Shouldn’t you be more moderate in your generosity?” they essentially ask. “Shouldn’t you put some of it away in case of emergency?”

To which he answered, “Are you saying that what’s happening in ‘the developing world’ isn’t an emergency? …Oh, you mean an emergency that involves me. Because if it doesn’t involve me then it’s not a real emergency.”

He explained passionately and gently that God is not moderate in his generosity toward us. Jesus didn’t look at the mess on Earth and say, “Well those problems aren’t my problems so I’m staying out of it.” No, he gave all because he loved the whole world. Love says your emergency is our emergency and then it sacrifices without moderation to intervene. Love, Francis believes, doesn’t save a sum so large for it’s own future needs when someone else is in tremendous need right now.

Francis reminded me that moderation isn’t a bad thing but even moderation must be pursued in moderation. And it’s thrown out the window entirely in case of emergency. And all over the world, this is an emergency.

[HT: VitaminZ]

You Might Not Finish this Blog Post

img_0047After carrying the book around for the past 6 months and hearing again and again that I need to read it, I finally started Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I will blog more on my thoughts later as there are some great applications to adoption and orphan care already.

I read Chapter 2 last night before bed. The title is “you might not finish this chapter”. I was sobered and have not been able to get it out of my mind all morning.

He writes:

You could die before you finish reading this chapter. I could die while you’re reading it. Today. At any moment.

But it’s easy to this about today as just another day. An average day where you go about life concerned with your to-do list, preoccupied by appointments, focused on family, thinking about your desires and needs.

On the average day, we live caught up in ourselves. On the average day, we don’t consider God very much. On the average day, we forget our life truly is a vapor.

In light of this reality how will I live my life differently today? How will you?

Francis Chan on the Value of Life

My wife just sent me this video from Francis Chan’s Video Journal. I love what he says about the value of life and the way he lives his –

why is my life more valuable than this baby’s? Someone asked me recently why I don’t save money for emergencies, or retirement. My answer was how can I justify saving for myself “just in case” something happens to me when something IS happening to so many already. 29,000 kids will die today of preventable causes. If I’m to love my neighbor AS myself, why spend so much time worrying about me?