I recently read Francis Chan's book Crazy Love.  It's been on my "to read" list for a LONG time, but for whatever reason I just never got around to reading it.  This summer, I got a free copy of it and finally read it!
Anyways, it is a fabulous book and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who considers themselves a Christian.  It's a challenging book, but I really think it has a message that we all need to hear.

I finished the book a good week ago, and I'm still thinking about it.  That's how good it is.

One of the parts I keep thinking of is from Chapter 5 (Serving Leftovers a Holy God -- yes, that is actually the title of the chapter; I told you it was challenging!) 

He says
"According to God, we are here to love.  Not much else really matters.
So God assesses our lives based on how we love.  But the word love is so overused and worn out.  What does God mean by love? He tells us,

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends... faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  - 1 Coninthians 13:4-8, 13 ESV

But even those words have grown tired and overly familiar, haven't they?
I was challenged to do a little excercise witht these verses, one that was profoundly convicting.  Take the phrase Love is patien and substitute your name for the word love.  (For me, "Francis is patient...") Do it for every phrase in the passage.

By the end, don't you feel like a liar? If I am meant to represent what love is, then I often fail to love people well."  (pg 95)

Did you try substituting your name?  I have found myself thinking about that several times since I read that.  Asking myself - am I doing this right?  Am I loving the people around me well?

You should try it too.