Thursday, June 17

Life's Too Short to Miss the Big Picture blog tour


Today, I bring you an excerpt from the book Life’s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture, written by Steve Diggs. If you leave a comment at the end of the post, you’ll be entered in the give-away for the book.

About the Author:


Steve Diggs, Personal Finance & Life-Skills Coach, is the author of six books, hundreds of articles, and is a fixture on local and network television and radio. He speaks to enthusiastic audiences worldwide over 250 times yearly. Steve is proud to announce that Bonnie, his bride of 33 years, has just picked his option up for another two years. The couple lives in Brentwood, Tennessee. For more about Steve’s ministry, go to No Debt No Sweat or www.SteveDiggs.com

Excerpt:


START SMALL IF YOU HAVE TO, BUT START
by Steve Diggs

As a habit, I don’t put bumper stickers on my car. It’s partially because they distract from the appearance of the car, but there’s actually another reason why my car is a sticker-free zone. Frankly, I don’t generally prefer to go around announcing all my political beliefs and preferences to a world that mostly doesn’t care—and when it does, can become hostile.

But what about those bumper stickers that tell the world that I’m a Christian? You know the ones. Sometimes they’re in the shape of a fish. Others make a proclamation of belief in Jesus as the Way to God. Why don’t I put those particular stickers on my car? After all, if I’m really serious about Jesus, don’t I want to be a walking, talking billboard? Isn’t life too short to miss such opportunities?

This is where it’s going to get a bit tougher, because this is going to force me to admit an embarrassing truth. I don’t put those bumper stickers on my car because I’m afraid I’ll do something that will destroy my witness. I’m afraid I’ll do more harm than good.

What if I cut another driver off in traffic, or lose my temper and glare at someone? Do I really want the last thing they see as I pull away to be a sign advertising my allegiance to Jesus? It’s the same reason I don’t wear many “Jesus shirts.” I love and respect other Christians who attach the bumper stickers and wear the clothes—as long as they are 66 Life’s Too Short to Miss the Big Picture really representing Jesus. But as I say elsewhere in this book, Jesus gets some of his worst PR from professing Christians who don’t live their profession.

Recently I was working on a project with one of my dearest friends, Pat Boone. One thing about Pat—he’s not ashamed to proclaim his faith. As a matter of fact, he wears neck chains and rings with godly symbols all the time. One day as we were wrapping up some work in his den, Pat pulled out a ring and said, “Steve, I have a gift for you.” I wasn’t quite sure how to handle a guy giving me jewelry. But in a moment I saw what it was: a beautifully designed ring with a very large cross in the middle—just like the one Pat was wearing.

Ah, this was perfect for me! Not as bold as a bumper sticker or as bombastic as a tee-shirt—but at least it was something. It was a start. So I thanked Pat profusely and accepted the gift. As I put the ring on my pinky, I decided that this would be my first witness to the world, so I turned the cross outward.

Since that day, I’ve worn my cross ring 24/7. As a matter of fact, recently a young woman at a cash register noticed it when I paid my bill. Over the months I’d seen her on a number of occasions. I had always been amiable and friendly. She said, “I really like your ring.” I thanked her politely and walked on.

Was she another Christian who had been encouraged by my ring? Was she a seeker who had run me through whatever litmus test she uses to assess whether Christians are real or fakes? I don’t know. But at least in that one particular case, I was able to smile in my heart as I walked away knowing that I had acted like Jesus would want me to act. I had not embarrassed my Master.

Now for you Christians who are much more mature than I am—those of you with fifteen “Jesus stickers” on your car, a gold cross chain around your neck, and an “I love Jesus” tee-shirt with Scripture verses on both front and back panels—my baby step probably sounds pretty pathetic. But for me it was a start.

Maybe it would do us all well to realize two things:
1. Life is too short not to be a walking, talking, living, breathing banner for Jesus.
2. Life is also too short not to walk the walk if we talk the talk.

Frankly, this is sort of exciting for me. Who knows, it may help me graduate to a bumper sticker—or even a tee-shirt.

Leafwood Publishers
Release Date: April 2010
ISBN-10: 0891126406
ISBN-13: 978-0891126409
Paperback, 220 pages
Retail: $14.99



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8 Responses
  1. This sounds like a great book, Lynn. I'd love to be entered in your drawing for a copy of it. God bless! morgan(dot)maria(dot)i(at)gmail.com


  2. Excellent review! He raises some really great points that I am sure many will be able to relate to.

    I would be interested in reading this book as well; thanks for the entry, Lynn!

    But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
    ~ Matthew 10:33

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  3. Dawn Wilson Says:

    I loved this post! Steve really has his finger on the (timid) pulse of too many of us Christians ... and his prescription is perfect. Take a stand ... be brave ... don't be ashamed to name the name of Christ.

    Thanks for sharing this great post, Lynn (and Steve) ... sounds like a book I need to read!


  4. I like writing where you can relate to the author's words on a deep personal level from the very first sentence to the end. His approach grabbed me as the reader to stop and think about my own feelings. The great review definitely made me want to read more of his book. Love you!

    JoAnne


  5. Sounds like a great book, please enter me in your drawing
    kim


  6. lynnmosher Says:

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone! Just drew the name. The winner is JoAnne! Congratulations!


  7. Duane Scott Says:

    This is a powerful post, Lynn. And now I really want to read it! :)


  8. lynnmosher Says:

    Rats! Duane, I wish you would have been in the drawing! Thanks for the comment! Blessings to you!