We’re reading a great book as a family. Fully Alive: A Journey That Will Change Your Life by Ken Davis. I have gotten the chance to work with Ken over this past year, and I can’t tell you how incredible this message of “fully alive” is. It is an absolutely rivoting message. Let me share with you three punctual truths Ken articulates in this awesome little book.
1. Most of us do not consider living “fully alive.”
Most people work, go to church, raise their families, and coast through life. They take it easy. Relax. Then the years pass and there is no great story of their life. Ken tells of his own personal story of how he thought – after years of a successful career – he was overweight, depressed, and thinking he’d just whither away in retirement.
I’m a busy guy. I’ve been blessed with a most faithful and beautiful wife, 16 wonderful children, a ministry and business that keeps me happy and motivated. It could be argued that I live “fully alive.” But you know what? Ken’s book spoke to me in a very personal way. In my heart of hearts, I compromise too much in my race. I seek easy. I avoid trial. Rather than seek God’s full purpose in my life, I go astray too often.
I believe you’ll find the same in Fully Alive. You will personalize Ken’s stories and understand the profound truths that God has in store for you. You will turn back from easy street and instead take on the life God has for you.
2. We are not supposed to decay and disappear.
Physically, spiritually, emotionally and relationally, we have come to believe that we should whither away. Ken spends a good deal of time talking through his physical trials where he was 60 pounds overweight, and how he turned the tide of losing himself physically. It’s a good read, similar to Wendy’s testimony in Love in a Diet.
But we are in a world wound up in crafty lies that encourage us to decay and disappear. Ken explores some of these throughout the book. Ken makes the strong argument that we aren’t meant to drift away. We’re meant to live!
3. God is NOT done with you yet.
Don’t think Fully Alive is feel-good fluff. Ken gives some specifics that help. You see, we’re all at different levels in life, and that’s okay. But those levels should be no excuse. Ken discovered the full life in his 60s, me in my 40s, my daughter Cynthia (and many of her friends) in her 20s. The point Ken makes is that God is NOT done with any of us yet – no matter where our walk is in life – and the only response He wants from us is to believe and follow Him.