Sunday, January 19, 2014

Half Time: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significanc

Half Time: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance (includes Discussion Guide)Half Time: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance by Bob Buford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book has a lot of good information, but Bob Buford, the author, talks about the second half of your life serving the Savior. I understand that many people use the first part of their life building the resources needed to enjoy and serve the 2nd half of their life but shouldn't we as Christians do that our entire Christian life? I trust you will enjoy the quotes below:

Even more incredible is that, when he (Bob Buford) realized that what the Lord had made him capable of doing well was very different from what he really wanted to do, he had the intellectual honesty and courage to say to himself, “It is my duty and mission to put to work what I am good at, rather than to do what I would love to do.”  Peter F. Drucker

The irony here is that the church has become one of those masters under which first-halfers feel hopelessly indentured. The joy that ought to come from serving others in Christ’s name is missing because so much of what we do for the church is done out of a spirit of obligation. And that is because, as first-halfers, we have not yet discovered who we are, what we really enjoy doing, and how even the most undesirable task can be a feeing, exhilarating experience if it arises out of our core being. For most people, church work is not a hot fudge sundae, but like the broccoli and spinach your mother made you eat as a child.  ~Bob Buford

Let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.   ~The Message

In Christ’s church, individualism is amplified, encouraged, supported, and complemented. We are each grafted to a body that needs our strengths and compensates for our weaknesses by matching them with the gifts of other members of the body. The image of a weak, wimpy follower is not supported at all in Scripture.  ~Bob Buford

When Jesus talks about dying to self, I believe He is talking about dying to this “me first” pathological self-worship, not the uniquely created self that He has given us.  ~Bob Buford

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