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Monday, February 25, 2013 @ 12:00:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -
This letter was recently sent to encourage a close friend who is struggling from a serious physical injury and I wanted to share it with you in the hope that it encourages you.
I "follow" Donald Miller on Facebook, where he typically posts a quote each day. Here's one that recently struck me:

"Life is not about being important, getting lots of work done, or living longer."

I wish I had heard that simple statement years ago! It's only within the last five years that I've truly come to understand that God loves me just as I am, even if I never have a "productive" or "successful" day again in my life.

I believe the key to life is receiving the Father's perfect love and acceptance and then, as a conduit, letting that love and acceptance flow through us to others. It's simple. And yet it's also quite hard. Sometimes, I'm a clean conduit; other times, I'm a rusty pipe.

I'm writing to let you know that I've observed that same growth in you in recent years. I'm simply awed by the sweet aroma of Jesus that marks your life today. I'm not telling you this because I'm a "feeler" or because I love to encourage others. I'm telling you this because I really mean it. Ask your wife, your family members, and your close friends; I'm sure they agree with me.

My current struggle is allowing God's love to flow through me when I am required to switch back into a "business mode,:" especially in meetings where I'm expected to think critically and use my knowledge of business principles to produce specific, quantifiable results. In these situations, I've noticed that if I'm not careful, I can easily shift into being overly intense and critical, and I don't like it. My goal is to use all of my God-given gifts (including my intelligence and ability to see the big picture) and still allow the Father's love to flow through me.

If you get bored while recovering from your injury, I can send you the recording of my talk from a few weeks ago at the Heaven in Business conference at Bethel Church. My topic was "Leading with Love, Sharing the Father's Heart." It was almost an out-of-body experience to sense the Father's love as I spoke. Amazingly, the approximately 140 participants gave me a standing ovation at the end of my talk. That's never happened to me before! At a break at the conference, two different people came up to me within five minutes and asked if I would give them a "father's hug." Again, this was a new experience for me, but it hit me at a deep level, confirming what I truly want to be: a conduit of the Father's love -- nothing more and nothing less.

Be blessed today my friend,


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