I enjoyed reading this book. It’s classic ‘Lucado cheese’ at times but there’s also some great stuff in here. He’s really quotable and sparked some great ideas to develop in teaching. Fear is a huge topic in our culture, I’ve been astounded (and saddened) by the response from young people every time we address a fear related issue with them. It’s seems as though anxiety and worry are never far from their minds. Fear of disappointing parents, fear of screwing up in exams, fear of being rejected by peers, fear of missing out on the better offer (ever tried getting teenagers to commit to an event well in advance?) Fear is a big issue with young people and it’s also an issue for those who no longer fit that category. Actually ‘not fitting that category’ is another reason many are fearful!
My favourite two chapters in the book were…
chapter 2 – Villagers of Stiltsville – this addresses the fear of being insignificant and how we make ‘moving up our mission’. We seek to banish the fear of being insignificant by climbing higher on some kind of stilts. Lucado then writes
since the Carpenter came and refused to be stilted
He chose low over high – left the system tip-tilted.
“you matter already” he explained to the town
“Trust me on this one – keep your feet on the ground.”
My other favourite chapter was chapter 11, the one entitled Caffeinated Life. In this chapter he addresses the fear of the unknown and the what next? He talks about the options we have when ordering a coffee (extra shot, grande, skinny etc) and uses this analogy as to how we would like to order life. Two shots of health, one sprinkling of job security and hold the suffering please. Lucado explains that God is not some ‘Barista in the sky’. We all end up in situations and circumstances that we never ordered. Jesus promises us His presence in our sufferings, another Counsellor. The bible promises that these sufferings are not in vain. Great stuff. Lucado reminds us that we’re not only guaranteed God’s presence in our sufferings but also God’s purpose in our sufferings.
The tomb is empty to show that His promises aren’t.