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Book - Volunteer RevolutionLast week, I read "The Volunteer Revolution" by Bill Hybels.  Excellent book.

Here was the clip I read on Sunday morning (pp.42-43)…and I renew my challenge to you to TRY this for 4 weeks:

        "He read us Jesus' words in Mark 8:34-35…'For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it.'

        "Then he challenged us to put those words to the test.  'For six months,' he said, 'take the great gamble.  Follow the model of Jesus with reckless abandon.  Take advantage of every opportunity to serve — even if it seems like something insignificant.'

        "Be the one who opens the doors for others.  Choose the back seat of the car so your friend can sit in the front.  Take out the garbage even though it's not your job.  Volunteer to stack the chairs after the meeting.  Take the arm of the elderly woman negotiating the stairs in the department store.  Open your eyes.  Keep your servant's towel handy.  Monitor the condition of your heart, week to week.  Then ask yourself: Am I gaining or losing?

        "And if you want to," he said, "try it the other way.  Every chance you have, put yourself in the center, be demanding, ask the world to revolve around you.  Push your way to the front of the line.  Disappear when it's time for the dirty work, the menial tasks.  Bow low every morning in front of a full-length mirror.  Then step back and honestly assess.  Are you becoming closer to God and people or more isolated?  Is your life fuller or emptier?  Do you feel fulfilled or frustrated?"

        "Take the great gamble."