New film helps women navigate an “all about me” society selflessly
Colorado Springs, Co., April 23, 2013—"Everywhere they turn, women are fed the message that self-indulgence and having-it-all is the end goal. Each season brings a new style, a must-have bag and a better-than-ever face cream that will turn other women green with envy. Sacrifice isn't applauded, but rising up in the ranks is but, as they climb, they realize that this way of life isn’t shiny and happy—it’s empty."
David C. Cook publishers are releasing the second of Lisa Chan (wife of evangelist, Francis Chan, author of Crazy Love) called "Deny Yourself". I had a blessed opportunity to preview this film and experience it's beauty as Lisa calmly and passionately portrays God's desires for women to deny yourself. Lisa begins, and closes with the scripture from Luke 9:23-24.
"And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it."
Lisa introduces us to a mom faced with the challenge of raising 10 adoptive children, each with special needs and her struggle after an abusive marriage. You know, I seem to always seek out another mom's struggle and find ways to relate to her pain. This mom is amazing as she shares her testimony and introduces these beautiful children of God that He has placed in her care.
Personally, I comprehend the concept of "deny yourself" and am eager to anticipate the rewards of having my life saved! Aren't you? (I think I heard an 'amen'!) Frankly, as a mom, we deny ourselves everything from fashion, sleep, exercise, to even a simple daily shower at times! Lisa mentions her "fears" but never really tells us what they are. Although I know that she has spent time abroad in missions, I came away from the video wanting to know more of Lisa's personal story, sacrifice, and journey. What is the wife of Frances Chan really afraid of? Because there sure is a few things that scare the begibbies out of me and I was waiting for her to tell me how to remain truly beautiful while denying myself.
Maybe I missed it somewhere. Nonetheless, I still found the experience of listening to the video to be compelling, gripping, and even eye opening. If you are interested, send me a message or just click like/share on this post to be eligible to receive a complimentary copy of "Deny Youself" from David C. Cook and Flannel Publications.
Don't "deny" yourself an opportunity to carry that cross. I kinda think maybe what Lisa is trying to say is that those fears we "carry" as moms are exactly what bring us closer to God, don't you? Her lesson is that by giving up extravagances allows God to fill us in those spaces.
"God fills me up!" says Lisa.
I think that's cool.