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It takes courage to reach for greatness, whatever your definition of greatness may be. It’s so easy to get close enough to be satisfied and just stay put. Or to quit because the results don’t come quickly enough in the timing I’m looking for. I find it’s easy for me to be complacent.

The truth is my life isn’t bad per say. I have strong friendships, children I love and I am proud of, a relationship with someone who loves me. Yet I feel God’s hand on my back gently pushing me toward more. Interestingly, I don’t think the push has anything to do with achievement, though it may be a by-product. I think it has to do with believing God is who He says He is – this huge, omnipresent force that is through all and in all – and knowing He’s on my side wanting to bless me with more.

More what? More love in my life, even stronger and deeper relationships, more of a heart to give to others and make a difference around me, more financial success, but most importantly a heart that doesn’t limit God with my own lack of understanding and vision. I want a heart that trusts His nudges and moves in the direction He’s asking even if I don’t understand why. I know the more I can listen and surrender to His will, the closer to understanding and true fullness I will become.

Words are inadequate measures of God, of our internal lives, of the human experience. We try, but even the greatest writers leave to the reader his or her own imagination and personal experiences to expand in the heart and mind true meaning. It’s why two people can read the same thing and come away with something very different. So for me, for 2015, my prayer is for God’s Spirit to guide me in deeper, greater ways – beyond words.

For further thought: John 14:26: “The Father is sending a great Helper, the Holy Spirit, in My name to teach you everything and to remind you of all I have said to you.” (VOICE).

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