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Changing lives... changing your community... changing hearts... The God who made the universe made you to make a difference! How? God and you together. Here’s what happens: When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll want to do everything possible to share his love with others. This audio can help you see what it takes to be a difference maker for God. You’ll find stories of real-life teens just like you and discover that you are never too young to make a difference in your community . . . and in ...
Changing lives... changing your community... changing hearts... The God who made the universe made you to make a difference! How? God and you together. Here’s what happens: When you realize how much God loves you, you’ll want to do everything possible to share his love with others. This audio can help you see what it takes to be a difference maker for God. You’ll find stories of real-life teens just like you and discover that you are never too young to make a difference in your community . . . and in the world!
No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV
How'd your morning go?
Your alarm went off, and you hummed as your feet hit the floor, cheerfully cleaned up the bathroom after you used it, and said "Good morning" to God as you read your Bible. You ate a perfectly balanced breakfast and unloaded the dish- washer, then kissed your parents before sailing out the door for school. Right?
Eggs have thirteen vitamins and minerals and contain the highest quality food protein known. One hen produces 300 to 325 eggs a year.
So not right. Probably not even close.
Maybe your morning went more like this:
"Get up! I've already called you three times," your mom said. "You're gonna be late!"
"Coming," you mumbled, then rolled over and put the pillow over your head. After two or three more unsuccessful tries, your mother finally sent your little brother to get you. You chucked the pillow at him and ordered him out of your room, then staggered into the bathroom to eliminate bed head and the fuzz on your teeth. Twenty minutes later, you ducked your chores as you hurried through the kitchen, grabbing a Pop-Tart on your way out the door and barely acknowledging any of your family members.
Sound more like it?
Okay, maybe you weren't that bad.
But answer this, honestly: did you wake up today with that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that something great was about to happen, and you had a leading role in it? You know the one. It's the feeling you got as a little kid when you were going to Disney World or when Christmas was coming the next day.
Here's a little-known secret:
You can wake up wonder-filled if you know that something wonderful is about to happen.
Especially when you discover that the key to something wonderful is you.
You see, you've already walked and talked, smelled crayons and swung bats, gurgled and giggled your way out of diapers and into childhood.
You've noticed how guys aren't girls and dogs aren't cats and pizza sure beats spinach That's life. And this one is your.
Complete with summers and songs and gray skies and tears, you have a life. Didn't ask for one, but you have one. A first day. A final day. And a few thousand in-between. You've been given an honest-to-goodness human life. Not only that, but you've been given your life. No one else has your version. You'll never bump into yourself on the sidewalk. Your life will never be lived by anyone else. You're not a hoodie in an attic that can be recycled after you are gone.
Some people don't think about stuff like this. But you aren't one of them. Or you wouldn't be holding a book called You Were Made to Make a Difference. You want your life to matter. You want to wake up excited every day. You want to live in such a way that the world will be glad you did. Like Father Benjamin. Consider his tale. Father Benjamin made a difference that outlasted his own life.
So can you. You're not quite an adult yet. You still have a lot to learn. But God is ready to work through you now to change the world. And when you sign up for God's grand adventure, there's nothing you two can't do.
FINDING FATHER BENJAMIN: A FABLE
Strong winds blow a ship off course, and sailors spot uncharted islands. They see half a dozen mounds rising up out of the blue South Sea waters. The captain orders the men to set anchor and goes ashore.
On the first island, he sees no thing but sadness. Underfed children. Tribes in conflict. No farming or food development, no treatment for the sick, no schools. Just simple, needy people.
The second and following islands show more of the same. The captain sighs at what he sees. "This is no life for these people." But what can he do?
Then he steps onto the last and largest island. The people are healthy and well fed. Irrigation systems water their fields and roads connect the villages. The children have bright eyes and strong bodies. The captain asks the chief for an explanation. How has this island moved so far ahead of the others?
The chief gives a quick response: "Father Benjamin. He educated us in everything from agriculture to health. He built schools and clinics and dug wells."
The captain asks, "Can you take me to see him?"
The chief nods and signals for two tribesmen to join him. They guide the captain over a jungle ridge to a medical clinic. It is equipped with clean beds and staffed with trained care- takers. They show the captain the shelves of medicine and introduce him to the staff. The captain, though impressed, sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He repeats his request. "I would like to see Father Benjamin. Can you take me to where he lives?"
The three natives look puzzled. They talk among them- selves. After several minutes, the chief invites, "Follow us to the other side of the island." They walk along the shoreline until they reach a series of fishponds. Canals connect the ponds to the ocean. As the tide rises, fish pass from the ocean into the ponds. The islanders then lower canal gates and trap the fish for harvest.
Again the captain is amazed. He meets fishermen and workers, gatekeepers and net casters. But he sees nothing of Father Benjamin. He wonders if he is making himself clear.
"I don't see Father Benjamin. Please take me to where he lives."
The trio talks among themselves again. After some discussion the chief offers, "Let's go up the mountain." They lead the captain up a steep, narrow path. After many twists and turns the path deposits them in front of a grass-roofed chapel. The voice of the chief is soft and earnest. "He has taught us about God."
He escorts the captain inside and shows him the altar, a large wooden cross, several rows of benches, and a Bible.
"Is this where Father Benjamin lives?" the captain asks.
The men nod and smile.
"May I talk to him?'
Their faces grow suddenly serious. "Oh, that would be impossible."
"He died many years ago."
The confused captain stares at the men. "I asked to see him and you showed me a clinic, some fish farms, and this chapel. You said nothing of his death."
"You didn't ask about his death," the chief explains. "You asked to see where he lives. We showed you."
How do I know? I've seen it in action. Watched teens making a difference. Even teens who had very little to work with. Back up. Rewind.
Let me introduce myself (in case you skipped the introduction). I'm Jenna, and you just heard from my dad. (Well, I call him Dad ... Daddy-O ... dork.) But no matter what I call him, there's one way I describe my dad: real. Just a real guy, with real dreams, real bad dance moves, and a real passion for Jesus.
Dad's passion for God stirs his passion for people. And as cheesy as this sounds, I want to be just like him. We wrote this book to get you excited about going on an awesome adventure with God. So that you can make a BIG difference in this world full of hurting and hungry people.
Dad and I had the privilege of visiting Ethiopia with World Vision. We saw poverty, tasted drought, touched children with AIDS ... yet heard them sing. Sing! With joy! We watched them serve. With joy! In the midst of their disease and hunger, they sang. Why? They know a God who loves them and has a BIG purpose for their lives. They made a difference in me.
I want to be like my dad. I want to be like the Ethiopians. I want to make a difference. Do you?
We hope you do. And we want to help you get started. Wherever you are, you've got something to offer.
You may not think it's much.
But God does.
He made you. He made you one-of-a-kind. He made you to make a difference.
You were custom-crafted by a God who is head over heels for you. God carefully, adoringly put you together with a unique combination of personality, skills, talents, feelings, and looks. He designed you differently from anybody else on this great, big blue ball called Earth. He handcrafted every strand of hair on your head. Painstakingly painted your irises blue, green, or brown. Programmed your brain to be pretty good at math or a whiz in history. Then he stepped back, looked you over, and smiled as he pronounced his creation "good."
But let's get honest. How do you see yourself? Go ahead, stand in front of the closest mirror and check yourself out.
Where do your eyes drift first? That Cyclops zit on your forehead, the new haircut that Mom loves and you hate, that body that needs more muscle or less chub? I don't know about you, but I typically focus on the flaw instead of stand in awe. If only we could see ourselves through God's eyes.
When God sees you, he cannot help but smile and sigh with satisfaction. What a masterpiece! he must think. I made no mistake when I breathed her into existence or when I knit him together. He sees a work of art more valuable than any Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre.
When I was in eighth grade, I had to make my first-ever explosive volcano for earth science class. My partner and I spent hours forming and molding it, painting it just the right colors and, of course, making sure it could do what we made it to do-erupt! We were so proud of that creation.
Oh, the pride God has as our Father when he stands back and looks at us after molding and shaping our hearts, coloring our hair just the right shade of brown. Filling in our eyes with the perfect shade of hazel. Dusting our faces with freckles, dimples, and smile wrinkles. But it's up to us to decide whether we will do what he created us to do-know his love for us and love him in return.
When we live out this purpose, then and ONLY then can we live a life of meaning, a life that changes other lives, a life that is beyond ourselves. It's a life partnered with God to change the world.
Picture God on his heavenly throne, surrounded by angels, bursting at the seams with joy as he looks down at you. Not just on the adorable baby you were on the day you were born, but right now. Today. God is singing over you.
God loves you so much that he made you to worship him. He sent his son Jesus to die for you so that you can give your life back to him. So you can fall in love with him. And when you do, he has adventures planned that only the two of you can take. Wonderful things for you to discover. Ways that you and he can change the world.
Yep, there's no doubt about it.
YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Uh, back up. Rewind again. Not the math kind of difference. The ...
Kind of difference.
Not after you go to college or get a job.
Not after you finish algebra or graduate high school.
It's never too soon-and you're never too young-to start making a difference.
You. changing lives, changing your family, changing your community, changing hearts, with the God who made the universe. The God who made you. The God who wants to be your loving Father.
And when you make that kind of difference with him, you can't wait to wake up and do it again. And again. And again. Every day.
Have you looked into the eyes of a homeless woman and listened to her story?
Have you held the hand of a sad friend?
Have you surprised your mom by cleaning the kitchen?
When I serve, I feel joy, excitement, satisfaction. Why? Because I'm living in my calling.
When you serve others, you serve God. And when you serve God ... oh man, get ready. It's one moment in your chaotic teenage life where the insecurities disappear, worries fade, and questions die. For once, you know exactly who you are and why you were created. You are in God's plan. Could there be anything better to wake up for?
There's no time like the present to get started. All over the world, people need food, friendship, clean water, acceptance, shelter, and love.
More than anything, the world needs to meet Jesus. And the best way for them to get to know him is by meeting someone like you. Someone who shows Jesus' love to them. You can share a meal, start a friendship, say a prayer. That's how the very first followers of Jesus did it. In fact, that's how Christianity first spread throughout the world. Dad describes it like this:
There were one hundred and twenty charter members of the Jerusalem church (Acts 1:15). They were mostly lower class- fishermen, tax collectors, and a converted revolutionary or two. They had no clout with Caesar, no friends in high places. They had nothing more than this:
They were on fire to change the world.
Thanks to Luke, we know what happened with them. He recorded their stories in the book of Acts. Let's listen to it. That's right-listen to the book of Acts. It cracks with the sounds of God's work. Press your ear against the pages, and hear sermons echo off the temple walls. Baptismal waters splashing, just-saved souls laughing. Hear the spoon scrape the bowl as yet another hungry mouth is fed.
Listen to the doors opening and walls collapsing. Doors to all kinds of cities and countries like Antioch, Ethiopia, Corinth, and Rome. Doors into palaces, prisons, and Roman courts. And walls. The ancient prejudice between Jew and Samaritan-down! The division between Jew and Gentile-crash!
Acts announces, "God is at work!"
Is he still? we wonder. Would God do with us what he did with his first followers?
Heaven knows we hope so. These are devastating times. There are needs all around us. Some are big-like the 1.75 billion people who are desperately poor. Some seem small-like the outcasts in your school who sit ignored in class every day. God has equipped us to make a difference, whether it's right here at home or halfway across the globe.
Ours is the richest time in history ever. We are bright, educated, and experienced. We can travel around the world in twenty-four hours or send a message in a millisecond. We have the most sophisticated research and medicines at the tips of our fingers. We have plenty of resources. Just 2 percent of the world's grain harvest would be enough, if shared, to erase the problem of hunger and malnutrition around the world. There is enough food on the planet to offer every person 2,500 calories of sustenance a day. We have enough food to feed the hungry.
This much is clear: the storehouse is stocked. God has given us everything we need to alter the course of human suffering.
A few years back, three questions rocked my world. They came from different people in the span of a month.
Question #1: If you were a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?
Question #2: If you had lived in the South during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?
Question #3: When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day when 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge what you did to help?
I didn't mind the first two questions. I'd like to think I would have taken a stand against the murderous dictator Hitler and fought against racism. But those days are gone and those choices were not mine. But the third question has kept me awake at night. I do live today; so do you. We are given a choice ... an opportunity to make a big difference during a difficult time. What if we did? What if we rocked the world with hope? Infiltrated all corners with God's love and life? What if we followed the example of the first Jerusalem church? This tiny group of one hundred and twenty followers expanded into a world-changing force. How did they do it? What can we learn from their priorities and passion?
Lots, if we study their stories, found in the first twelve chapters of Acts.
Go ahead. Why not get out your Bible and read Acts 1-12 this week? Examine each event as you say this prayer: Do it again, Jesus. Do it again.
The message of Jesus spread because people took care of each other. They loved God and started loving the people around them. So how do you get started on your journey to change the world?
Excerpted from YOU WERE MADE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE by MAX LUCADO JENNA LUCADO BISHOP NATALIE GILLESPIE Copyright © 2010 by Max Lucado. Excerpted by permission.
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Posted September 20, 2010
Max Lucado collaborated with his daughter Jenna Lucado Bishop in this book for teens. It gives easy, practical tips of ways that you can serve God and your community. I enjoyed how easy this book is to understand, and yet it's packed with great truths. It displays stories of teens who made a difference, who realized that God created them to do more in their lives than what immediately benefits them. You Were Made to Make a Difference is enjoyable and clear, full of inspiring stories of young people who rose beyond negative stereotypes and did something to help someone else.
One of my favorite chapters was chapter five: Unplug and Tune In. It talked about how our generation is dulled by technology and media, rarely taking the time to "unplug the headphones," and see the need around them.
I think that the ideas in this book are vital for teens who need to step out of their comfort zone and make a difference for someone who can't do it on their own. Max Lucado and Jenna Bishop did a fabulous job of making this relevant for teenagers.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed books like Do Hard Things and Start Here by Alex & Brett Harris. My rating? Four stars. Great job, Max and Jenna.
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Posted January 28, 2011
"You Were Made to Make a Difference" was overall an average book in my opinion. From a young persons perspective, it was much like all of the other motivational type books I have read.
For someone that needs some encouragement, or someone who is unhappy with their lives, this would be a great read for them.
Geared toward teens and young adults, this book is basically help for the lost soul. The title pretty much confirms what the book is about. The writing style is appropriate for a young mind and is a quick motivational read.
Overall, this book gets 2/5 stars.
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The opinions I expressed are my own.
Posted January 11, 2011
In their book, You Were Made to Make a Difference, Max and Jenna Lucado make great strides at teaching the youth of the world that it doesn't matter how young you are, you can make a difference. It doesn't come right out and say it, but their idea behind this book seems to be built upon the biblical passage of 2 Timothy, where the Apostle Paul teaches Timothy that even though he is young, he is being used by God in a mighty way.
This book is broken down into three distinct sections. The first section deals with our belonging to God the Father. What it is saying is that in every avenue of our everyday lives, we are God's, no doubt about it. The second section deals with us reaching out and serving others. We were not made to go through life alone, nor were we made to ignore the needs of those who are right in front of us. We must, at all costs sometimes, help others. The final section deals with stepping up to the plate and making a long lasting impact on the world around us. It doesn't matter how smart, old or young, wealthy, etc. you are, you can and should be making a difference for the world. The biggest difference that you and I can make is bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to a hurting world.
Posted November 18, 2010
I thought it was well written and a great resource, but honestly - I don't know too many teenagers that are in the business of reading for fun! This is a great book to keep on your shelf as a resource when you want to encourage the passions of young kids to make a difference. I also think it's a great resource to use as the basis of a curriculum on helping kids understand their purpose and value in life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 16, 2010
You Were Made to Make a Difference is the second Max Lucado book I read (this one is co-written with his daughter Jenna Lucado Bishop). And expectations were a bit high, after reading Fearless.
But, it was such a pleasure reading this book. I loved the writing style (especially Jenna's). Almost everything about this book was so lovable and inspiring. the cover, the different fonts, the stories, everything.
This book is aimed at teenagers, to inspire them to make a difference. And surely it did inspire me. It made me realize that I, too, was made to make a difference, and that I need not wait till I grow up to make one. I guess even adults would love the awesomeness in the book and be inspired.
If you are in your teens, then this book is a must read. And if you are an adult. well, then do find some time and go through this one.
Posted October 13, 2010
This book is a book aimed toward the teenage population, to motivate them to go out and to make a difference in the world. It teaches what the Bible says about going out and doing, and the best part is that it is focused on the teenage generation. It shows them how to make a difference in simple ways, and right in their home towns.
I truly enjoyed this book, and even though it was geared toward teenagers, I found myself challenged in different areas of my life as well! My husband is a youth pastor, and I liked this book so much that we are planning on possibly using it as a series for our weekly youth meeting. The book talks about who God is and how He loves each one of us. It also talks to teens about just how important is is to get out and to help others, to help those in need, because that is what we were called to do. The authors also included stories of teenagers around the country who have made a difference in their communities as well as many different ideas to get teens started in making a difference.
Although I didn't quite like some of the analogies used in the book, I would recommend this book to not only teenagers wondering how to get closer to God and to make a change in their community, but also to youth leaders, volunteers, and people who are seeking God and ways to serve Him.
Posted October 2, 2010
I enjoyed reading You Were Made to Make a Difference, by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado-Bishop. Though the book was written for a teenage audience, it can easily be applied to the lives of adults. While Max Lucado's commentary and input is written in a more mature way that is more applicable to older readers, Jenna Lucado-Bishop's commentary and input is appealing to a younger audience. Together, the two author's created a work that can be inspirational to a varied group of readers.
As an adult who actively works in our church's teen group, I read the book and thought about ways I could adapt the content and teach it in lessons. The book could be used to create lessons that address the entire heterogeneous group, or it could be taught in a small-group setting to a homogeneous group. Either way, both the teacher and the students will benefit from the information in the book. I loved how the book included stories of teenagers who truly had made a large, lasting difference in the lives of others. The examples prove that anyone is capable of making a change, and everyone was made to make a difference in the world.
You Were Made to Make a Difference by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop (with Natalie Gillespie) is an inspiring, practical guidebook for teens of all ages. (This is the teen version of Max Lucado's Outlive Your Life.) By presenting the first church of Acts in an easy-to-read style, Max Lucado and his daughter Jenna teach teenagers that they can make a difference, no matter their ages or limitations.
In the pages of You Were Made to Make a Difference, I found comfort and inspiration. I am a huge fan of books that teach me, a teenager, to live beyond the world's normal standards. In my own life, I am striving to make a difference, and this book gave me more thoughts and plans for outliving my life.
The point of the book is this: no matter your age, no matter how much money you have, no matter your family situation, no matter your limitations; God can use you. God wants to use you. I cannot argue with that at all.
Content aside, this book is just fun to read. It has really cool designs, stories of other teen's make-a-difference lives, and extra info about ministries that accept teenage help. I must say that I am a huge fan of Max Lucado's writing style. I have read several of his teen books in the past, like He Chose You, Just Like Jesus, It's Not About Me, Facing Your Giants, and 3:16. I love the fact that he doesn't over-simplify the information like some authors do, assuming that just because the book is written for teens, the book can't have a powerful, in-the-world-not-of-the-world message.
It is interesting to note that I read the above mentioned books when I was twelve and thirteen. I was interested to see how You Were Made to Make a Difference would affect me now, as an older teenager. But it was completely applicable to my life now. I think this book would be a great read for anyone from 10 to 20 years old.
"So spend some time with Jesus. Ask him to change you. Ask him to love through you. Then...THEN...you can make the difference you were designed to make" (199).
**I received my copy of You Were Made to Make a Difference free from Thomas Nelson Publishers via booksneeze.com. I was not paid to review this book. I was asked to give my honest opinion of this book, and my review was in no way influenced by Thomas Nelson Publishers.**
Posted September 25, 2010
You Were Made to Make a Difference, by Max Lucado and Jenna Lucado Bishop, is an inspiring book for preteens or teens. It urges teens to use their God-given talents in the world around them. Each chapter includes the story of a young person who has made a difference and gives tips on how the reader can become the next one to make a difference. I would recommend the teen version especially to Christians who are striving to make a difference in their public schools because they might have the opportunity to share this book with one of their friends after reading it themselves. You Were Made to Made a Difference is not recommended for adults because it uses only the vocabulary of today's teen culture. In fact, teens who are striving to have high expectations for themselves may also want to read the adult version, Outlive Your Life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2010
I haven't even finished reading the whole book yet but I had to share it. You were made to make a difference was written by Max Lucado and his daughter Jenna Lucado Bishop. It is the teen version of Outlive your Life.
The witty style, the heartbreaking facts and the down to earth writing style really cuts down to your heart.
Did you know that there is enough food on the planet to offer every person 2,500 calories of sustenance a day?
Why the heck are there people who have nothing to eat when I can shove a whole pizza down my throat. Wow, that hit me between the eyes.
Max poses three questions that were asked of him.
1. If you were a German Christian during World War II, would you have taken a stand against Hitler?
2. If you had lived in the south during the civil rights conflict, would you have taken a stand against racism?
3. When your grandchildren discover you lived during a day when 1.75 billion people were poor and 1 billion were hungry, how will they judge what you did to help?
It is easy to say "of course" to the first two, we weren't there, but we can saw that we would have stood up for what is right. But, question 3 is now. We have to answer to it. How are we going to?
I am so excited about this book. I am going to write an email to my church youth pastor and share this amazing book.
Posted September 20, 2010
You Were Made to Make a Difference is an adaptation of Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. He and his daughter put together this book for teens, encouraging them that they can and should make a difference in the world. It encourages teens that their role in life is bigger than they might expect, and that they truly can make a difference for God.
This book is fun, interactive, and chock full of stories, valuable resources, and interesting information about practical ways to get out there and make a difference in the lives of others. I feel that this is what sets this book apart from other motivational books for teens - it shows specific needs in the world, which provides opportunity for teens to turn around and put what they have learned into practice.
I feel that this book will help teens to see that God does have a plan for them, and it doesn't take much to make a difference in this world. All it really takes is letting God start working in your life.
This book is a great gift for teens, but I feel that it would also be worthwhile for any parents of teens to read as well.
I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion from the Book Sneeze program.
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