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A lot of people have jobs, but not many have found their true calling.

A lot of people are good at what they do, but not many are great.

A lot of people can read, but not many do.

A lot of people can identify problems, but not many can solve them.

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In his most recent book, The Last Arrow: Save Nothing for the Next Life, Pastor and writer, Erwin McManus writes:

I do not believe anyone is born average, but I do believe that many of us choose to live a life of mediocrity.

Let that sink in for a moment.

We all were born with unique gifts and talents.

We all have the potential to do wonderful things that make the world a better place.

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One of my pet hates is when a person tries to write the word definitely, but ends up writing defiantly.

Seriously people, can’t you see the difference?

It upsets me greatly and it’s my life’s work to stamp out this mindless craze.  OK, that may be a slight exaggeration, but you get the point.

Having got that rant off my chest, it also occurs to me that there are times when writing defiantly works (if inadvertently).

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23 years ago today, our relationship started on a playground in Parkville.

It was a lovely summer evening when we shared our first kiss.

It’s beautifully symbolic.

We’ve been on the see-saw a few times.

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An Olympic skier doesn’t stand at the top of his run and hope that he can do it.

He knows that he has done the work.

He has visualised this moment hundreds, if not thousands of times.

He is confident, poised and ready.

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I want to encourage you to believe in yourself today.

Just like a stock that you expect to be a great long-term investment, I want you to buy and hold your dreams.

To know that you are capable of remarkable deeds.

To take positive steps that will get you closer to your goals.

To hold on when you feel like selling yourself short.

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After winning the Super Bowl MVP award this week, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was asked what he would want people to take away from his journey.  Nick responded with this inspirational quote:

I think the big thing is don’t be afraid to fail. In our society today, Instagram, Twitter, it’s a highlight reel. It’s all the good things. When you look at it, you think, like, wow, when you have a rough day, your life’s not as good as that, you’re failing.

Failure is a part of life. That’s a part of building character and growing. Without failure, who would you be?

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While your heart still beats, may it beat with passion and purpose.

There is a reason that it’s still beating and that’s because there’s work to done, a mission to be completed.

There is work that only you can do, goals that only you can achieve.

You have unique skills, a unique background and unique perspectives.

There are people around you and problems in front of you that are ready for your insights.

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If you’ve got an idea, I want to encourage you today to run with it.

To explore it.

To ruminate on it.

To talk to someone about it.

To buy books and do courses about it.

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As I walked into church last weekend, I made the mistake of making eye contact with a friend of mine who was obviously holding a clipboard (what a give away) and asked if I could help with collecting the offering in the service.

Of course, I agreed, but scolded myself for making eye contact with Les, when if I had ignored him, I could have just taken my seat and not had to help.

What a silly, self-absorbed perspective!

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