I recently read Andy Stanley’s Choosing to Cheat. While I find some aspects utterly frustrating such as his positioning of “business-sense” on equal footing with “biblical-sense,” I rarely find myself leaving his books without a few action steps to move forward and apply his teachings.
I honestly don’t know if that reveals more about his works or my discernment, but I’ve consistently found gems of truth from his books that help me in ministry. Choosing to Cheat is, what I would consider, his premiere work. In fact, none of his other books have spoken to issues that I’ve immediately considered relevant and pertinent to me as this one has.
So I wanted to share a few of the major takeaways that I walked away with:
- [Your family] may be your priority, but that’s not my point. They want to feel like your priority. It is not enough for them to be your priority. They must feel like it. (p. 47-48)
- Your actions speak louder than intentions. (p. 51)
- What change would your spouse most like you to make in regards to your schedule? (p. 93)
- Leaving at 4:00 and working a forty-five our workweek were my nonnegotiables. (p. 95)
- I have never heard of a business failure attributed to a work schedule. Success is always related to good decision, unexpected opportunities, market conditions, and a host of other things that nobody really had any control over… With family, success is always related to time. (p. 99)
- Order your world around your Heavenly Father’s priorities and trust Him to fill the gaps created by your faithfulness. (p. 122)