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Refuel

I just finished reading Refuel, An Uncomplicated Guide To Connecting With God by Doug Fields for a weekly lunch time study I’ve been participating in at church.

The book gives some very practical and simple ways to connect with God on a daily basis. The book is both informative and entertaining. In the last chapter, Designed For Greatness, the author shared a little about how his definition of greatness has changed over the years. I can relate to this statement and wanted to share it here.

“As I’ve gotten older, my desire for doing something great has decreased. Now it’s more about being great inwardly. I want to have great character and let the actions of my life overflow from that depth. Nowadays, I want to be a great friend, a great parent, and a great lover of life. I want to be skilled at showing compassion, celebrated for kindness, and adept at loving God and living for Him both at church and away from it. I don’t want mediocrity to define me. I don’t want my kids to think of their dad and say, “Ah, he was…okay. Or for Cathy to say, “As a spouse…he took up a lot of unnecessary space.” Or for my friends to think, Uh, actually Doug was really more of an acquaintance. Or for God to say, “I never really knew him.”

No one wakes up hoping for insecurity and chaos or misery. Everyone wants a great life, a life well lived. The reason we don’t want those other things is because God created us as original masterpieces designed for greatness.”

I highly recommend this little 100 page book. It is worth the read.

The quote above made me think of a passage of scripture I read the other day. I love when I come across passages in scripture when human beings are described as unique, original or one of kind. It’s always a great reminder to me of how special each of us is to our Creator.

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out it’s implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other, as if one of us is better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. Galatians 5:25-26 (The MSG)