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November 11, 2005


Steve Bogner

I enjoyed reading this - thanks!

One obstacle I see people bump up against in this area is that they get a mental block on recognizing their own talents & abilities, and how to use them to serve God. I think it's hard at times for us to slow down, be still, and be attentive to God's will for our lives. And as I wrote a while ago, I think some people get overwhelmed and think their contributions are so small they don't matter.

Having a sense of purpose is important, as you point out. I think a lot of people just have a hard time developing that sense of purpose.


Thanks for you comments Steve. I think taking tests like the Character Strengths you took help a lot.

There are many tests, like Personal Insights, and others that can help us identify our talents. We can also observe when we "get lost" in an activity, what are the things we do that take us "in the zone." I think the biggest barrier is the one you mentioned, would we slow down enough to ensure we are living on purpose? We need more silence and to live in the presence of God...


Thanks for sharing your perspective on the gospel; I agree, I believe we are on "loan", and we need to make each day a special day; this is difficult on those days when we are feeling low, sad, or beat up by the world and its inhabitants; however, my daily reflection calendar reminded me that "God has great confidence in you to place you where you are." As Mary said.... "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said." Luke 1:38


Angie, thanks for your beautiful comments...

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