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A Cup of Comfort Devotional for Mothers and Daughters (Adams Media, 2009)
Chicken Soup: What I Learned from the Dog (2009)
Love is a Flame (Bethany House, 2010)
Extraordinary answers to Prayer (Guideposts, 2010)
Love is a Verb (Bethany House, 2011)
Big Dreams from Small Spaces (Group Publishing, 2012)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Say "Yes" to the Best

Ive been teaching music for over thirty years. So many students come in with great expectations. I always ask them, "What do you want to do with your singing (or piano or guitar)?" They always answer confidently, "I want to play in a band." Or, "I want to compete in American Idol."
I always tell them, "That can happen if you're willing to work for it."
Months later, through practive -- or the lack of it -- it becomes clear to me if the student is actually motivated to become an excellent musician.

I've been a disciple of Jesus Christ for forty years. And just like a student musician I need to frequently ask myself: How can I be the best . . . for God?

Several years ago I listened to a powerful sermon on being the best. Preacher said:
1. Decide what you want. (Find my target and aim for it)
2. Discern what is best (Am I willing to pay the price for excellence?)
3. Be holy (No one will follow me if I'm no different than the average person)
4. Be righteous (Walk close to God, confess wrong-doing, serve, give)

Four good directives for anyone desiring excellence in their personal walk. I hope I say "Yes" to the best every day.

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