A Book Review of “My Life is Not My Own” – by Bill Bright, Founder of Campus Crusade for Christ
Here’s an excerpt from when I first began reading the book.
“…the book by Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) founder Bill Bright called, “My Life Is Not My Own.” Dr. Bright talks about how we are to be “slaves to God.” Which can be a hard pill to swallow in our American cultural understanding of what it means to be a slave. However the scripture says in Romans 6:22 that “we have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Verse 16 says that were slaves to sin, obeying what the master of that sin was – whether it was a person, job, habit – whatever, we did whatever the master of that sin was. We are to be slaves to Christ who is our ‘go between”‘to God.”
It’s interesting to note that as I read just the beginnings of this book that is opened by letters from Dr. Bright’s wife Vonette, their two sons who are in ministry, and the present president of CCC – even as Dr. Bright spoke to the ministry workers and interviewers and basically everyone he came into contact with – he would say that he never had any problems. When Dr. Bright explained what he meant by this statement, which baffled many; he stated that as a slave to God, only God has all the problems, as his slave we didn’t have to worry about the problem, we just had to be obedient, as God would figure out all the details of how he wanted to orchestrate the issues of the problems and tell or guide us (his slaves) to complete the tasks at hand.
To acknowledge that my life is truly not my own, if I choose to serve Christ and surrender all to Him. I should have no worries and leave all of those pesky problems and thoughts of how things can be done and should be done, by Him, I cannot do them alone and until I realize all of this, I will continue to go through life stressing over all the issues that come before me. I pray that the Lord will help me go through life and know that it is not “I” but His will be done.
Copyright 2012 @mlehua
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free as a gift for volunteering on Vonette Bright’s Christmas card and gifts mailout at Campus Crusade for Christ 2010. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”