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March 2019

Pilgrimage, Reading Journey

Book Review: Don’t Waste Your Life – John Piper

This week I decided to do a quick book review/recommendation for John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. This is a book I read a few years ago, my pastor had given it to me as a gift. I was very happy to be receiving a book and let alone one I knew was good because… my pastor gave it to me! At this point in time, I was newly saved and still trying to figure things out. I was still unsure of who’s books I should read or which preachers were solid, so this gift was very much appreciated.

Although the book was a Christmas gift, I didn’t begin to read it until the summer time. Once I began to read it, I couldn’t put it down. In this book, Piper shows us the way Americans seek the American Dream, the comfortable life. Living a comfortable life might seem pretty nice, I must admit, but as Christians called by Christ, this is not our mission. We no longer live to satisfy our own needs or wants, we live to glorify God and make His name known.

There are many ways in which a Christian can make God’s name known; sharing the gospel in the streets, talking to friends and family about the wonderful gift God has given us, and possibly even through the other media such as blogging (see what I did there?).

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In this book, Piper goes through different topics such as The Beauty of Christ, Magnifying Christ, Making Much of Christ and Sharing Christ. Notice a pattern? The goal of this book is to help us make much of Christ in our everyday life. He ends the book with a plea to missions and this was very well done. He really explains the need to go to different parts of the world to share the Gospel and the importance of doing the Lord’s work and the beauty of it.

After finishing the book, I wanted to go on a missions trip as soon as possible. Unfortunately, even though my church was going on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic that summer, I was too late to be a part of it. I have yet to be able to go on a missions trip due to providential hindrances, but still, hope to go on one someday, Lord willing.

Below you’ll find a few quotes I picked from the book, just so that you can get an idea of what’s in it.

“Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.”

“He is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”

“My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.”

“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.”

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

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Book Recommendations, Thoughtfulness

Reflections of a Dominican-American

Happy belated Dominican Independence Day!

This past week was Dominican Independence Day and when I think about the Dominican Republic I always come back to the years I lived there as a child. When I lived there I did not appreciate it at all, but now that I’m older I can’t help but feel nostalgic and wish that I could go back to those days. And because I am feeling nostalgic, I thought I’d share with you a bit about my heritage. I am a Dominican-American. I have lived most of my life in the United States but I hold close to my culture.

I didn’t grow up in the fancy or more advanced part of the Dominican Republic, I grew up in a small town by the beach with my dads side of the family. To this day, I have no clue what the nice parts of the Dominican Republic look like but hope to one day find out.

My grandfather had been a fisherman and his sons followed the same route. My grandfather, who we all know as Papa, ran a small pescadería (a fish market) and his sons and others provided the fish to be sold. My whole family lived by this beach, Papa’s beach. I lived with an uncle, his wife, and their children. They took me and my older brother in as if we were one of their own. My older brother always had a much more carefree spirit than me, I was more of a grumpy old troll stomping around, complaining about wanting to return to New York every time I got the chance.

Looking back, I wish I could simply return to those days when I lived by the beach. I wish I could just sit for a whole afternoon staring off beyond the coast and not worry about a thing or listen to the slapping of the palm leaves against each other on a windy day or the rain tapping at our tin roof on a stormy night.

Gone are the nights when we sat on the sidewalk when the light went out and told ghost stories about pepito (who just happened to be the protagonist of all our scary stories). Those are the moments that I cannot regain. I can only look back at them, just as someone looks into a snow globe, wishing that life stood still so that they could revisit those moments that were precious to them.

Nevertheless, I am proud that I can tell stories such as these. Simpler times I experienced as a child, the sweet memories of life on my beautiful island, the Dominican Republic. Maybe the reason I look back at those times with fondness is that, deep down, I regret not appreciating the time I had there. Maybe God had been trying to teach me contentment as a child and here I am, an adult reminiscing about time lost. Every once in a while my nostalgia leads me to write a short story, maybe I’ll share a few with you guys in the future.

I recently came across a book that I am interested in reading, it’s titled Too American to be Dominican. Too Dominican to be American. It’s funny because this is exactly how I feel sometimes. I think it will be a good read and might provide more insight into my beloved culture.

SDG – “Soli Deo Gloria”

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