Max Lucado tackles that exact topic in his book Outlive Your Life. He tells us that our goal as Christians should be to make an impact with our lives, that lasts beyond the end of our life on Earth. He confronts the fallacy that ordinary individuals don’t have the power and knowledge to make big changes in the world. He gives examples of how ordinary people made the choice to not sit idly by and pretend that hurting and despair do not inhabit the world around us. He strongly challenges believers with the fact that we are called to help others, yet he backs that challenge up with encouragement to the reader that it really is possible to achieve.
One of the best lines from the book was a quote that stated “God does not call the qualified to serve, He qualifies those He calls”.
The book is written in a style that is typical for Lucado and I found myself eagerly turning pages and moving easily through the book. Although it is geared toward believers, I believe it could have application to spurn non-believers into action as well.