The End of Me: Where Real Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus BeginsKyle Idleman
In The End Of Me, Author Kyle Idleman examines Jesus' Sermon on the Mount to find paradoxical truths found in the Beatitudes. Learn how reaching the end of yourself is the beginning to living like Christ. Sample Page 1 >Sample Page 2 > Product Details: Page Count: ... Read More
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Oct 1, 2015
- UPC: 9781434707079
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 224
- Publish Date: Oct 1, 2015
- Language: English
- BISAC: "REL012120"
- ISBN: 1434707075
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- Real life begins, at the end of ourselves by Amia on 11/17/2015
"So the bad news is that I'm not okay and neither are you. We're both badly broken. Not "gently use," like the clothing requested by Goodwill. We're ripped, torn, and ragged. Citizens of the global jun heap. The good news is that God makes the broken whole. He takes the overlooked, the undervalued, the left out, the written off, the damaged and destroyed, and then he does what only he can do. God loves to make the broken beautiful."
Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand (Jeremiah 18:6)
A few years ago, we spent Christmas break in a lodge mountain village in Helen GA. The village was perfectly decorated with Christmas lights and a town square that looked like something from a storybook. We knew there were so many things to see and so much to do since this was a tourist attraction and with it being the holidays they had pulled out all the stops to make you feel special. As we drove into the town my daughter noticed a hand-thrown pottery studio that she wanted to visit. One of lazy afternoons we ventured out to visit the town shops and started at the potter's store. As we tiptoed around the delicately sculpted pieces reminding our kids 'don't touch those', the owner walked out to introduce us to her shop space and invited us to watch her throw clay on the wheel.
We stood mesmerized as she took a basic lump of clay, a little water, a bit of pressure and a wildly spinning table and began creating what later became a beautiful bowl. It literally almost brought me to tears. As pieces of the clay would turn themselves loose from the grip of her fingers, or her thoughts began to shift from the wheel to her telling us the back story of starting the pottery business; I noticed the bowl began to lean to one side. One glance at the masterpiece she was creating and she knew exactly what was required to reshape this clay.
Kyle Idleman has taken God's Word (every promise) and shown us that just as the potter is skilled at his own work, God is skilled at His own work; He reshapes us when we begin to lean in one way or another.
Not once does the clay ever say to the potter how to shape it, how much pressure to apply, never does it ask for more or less water and never does it question the speed of the wheel.
"He loves to take our messes and make them his masterworks. The biggest reason you can't get it done is the precise reason he can - maybe the precise setting he wants to use. Get to the end of yourself and you'll find you are in the right place to be used significantly by God" - (Chapter 7: Disqualified to Be Chosen)
I will admit that he had me at the title. End of Me. When you find yourself at the end of the comparison & competition trap and the end of the people pleasing and approval addition, at the end of asking "why me" and "what about me" and start saying "here I am Lord, send me" and you recognize just how amazing God is, you recognize that right where we were lost, is exactly the moment we are found.
He opens the book with a letter to himself. The last section of the letter is what really made me keep reading.
“You keep insisting that you know the way we should go, but it always seems to be a dead end. I’ve looked into some other options, and I have decided to begin a journey down a different path. It’s narrow and difficult and not many choose it, but it leads to real and abundant life. However – and there is no easy way to say this – I can’t take this path if I bring you along. So, me, this is the end of you. Sincerely, Me.
This book is a must read if you EVER plan to fulfill the reason God created you!