Excerpt from Radical by David Platt

I’ve recently started reading the book Radical by David Platt. It’s been on my shelf for a while now and I’m finally getting around to reading it. It’s a very challenging/convicting book. In a chapter I read this morning, Platt describes a man in his church who is a young, very successful business executive. Here’s his story in his own words…

My career has been a complete whirlwind in ways more successful than I ever anticipated it could be. I am paying more in taxes than I ever expected to make in a full year! I have been incredibly blessed. I was able to bring my wife home from work. Then we purchased our dream home in the exact neighborhood where we always wanted to live. I purchased the BMW; I bought the big beach house; and we went on great vacations. On top of all this, I was growing a business that I truly loved in an industry that I am passionate about. But somehow something was missing from my life, and I couldn’t figure out what it was. I have been a Christian since I was seven years old, but through my pursuit of business and success, I somehow had replaced seeking the Lord with pursuing stuff and success.

Then something happened last year that changed my life. I stood in a city dump in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I saw men, women, and children who were living in a dump where they scoured for food and shelter. Humbled by the reality of parents raising their kids in a dump, I reached my breaking point when I saw a woman eight months pregnant walk by me, looking for food. I couldn’t decide which was worse – the fact that the baby was conceived in a dump or that it was going to be born there. In the middle of this scene, God asked me, “What are you going to do with what I have given you? How are you going to use your influence, your leadership, and your resources in the world around you?”

p. 80-81

What a powerful story! What a key shift in perspective. The gifts/blessings God has given us are to be used to bless others. Notice the story wasn’t about the man feeling guilty…it was about his realization that he has been blessed and has a responsibility to use that blessing to bless others.