Some book reviews can be a bit boring. So I am taking a different route with the latest book published by Bethany House. Chris Travis is the author of Insignificant (Why you matter in the surprising way God is changing the world). It is about his life during a two year period where he strives to find meaning and significance while teaching in a dangerous middle-school in New York City.
He tackles the question we all have felt at some point in our lives. The feeling of insecurity and do we matter in this world is the universal question but Travis answers it in his own personal experience. His message of hope will stand out by the end of the book. His experience is encouraging to any Christian who is struggling with feeling insignificant and lost in this world we live in.
Here are several favorite excerpts from the book that resonated with me and hopefully you will want to read on:
The greatest people in God’s eyes are insignificant to the world. If you want to be like God, you must be a servant to all. And if you want to enter the kingdom of heaven, you must change and become like little children. Isn’t that the opposite of what we want? I want God to make me strong, confident, independent and powerful. Jesus says I must be weak, small, and dependent upon him.
Here’s a challenge: Try to pray every day for a month without using the words I or me. It’s very difficult. I tried but couldn’t do it perfectly. I had no idea how self-centered I was until I tried.
There can be a huge difference between God fulfilling our will and God empowering us to achieve his will.
I discovered that when I got serious about seeking God’s will first and doing what I could to bring his kingdom to life on earth, he began to use interests and skills of mine in ways I wouldn’t have guessed or imagined.
Many people are trapped in the cage of what-might-have been.
We doubt our own potential not because we fail to believe in ourselves, but because we fail to believe in God.
If you need encouragement right now in dealing with your own insignificance, read this book and be encouraged because you do matter!
Thanks Bethany House for another good read.