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Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 3:26:00 PM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Ice cream comes in hundreds of flavors. What's your favorite?

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Heaven in Business conference hosted by Global Transformation Institute at Bethel Church in Redding, CA. I spoke in the middle of the second day after the conference attendees had already been challenged by talented speakers in previous sessions.

As I began, I asked those in attendance, "Raise your hand if you like ice cream." Almost everybody raised their hands. I then asked them to call out their favorite flavors. A flurry of names of various flavors of ice cream quickly filled the room.

My point in doing this was to show that God has created each of us to be a unique flavor of His presence and His love in our world. Because of this, we shouldn't mimic or try to be like anyone else.

For many years, I've had a problem. After hearing great speakers, I'd often wish that I could speak more like them. After being around a good friend of mine who loves people incredibly well, I'd wish that I could love people like him. After spending time with a person with tremendous gifts of healing, prophecy, or discernment, I'd wish that I could walk confidently in those gifts, too. After speaking with someone who mentors many men, I'd wish that I had a long list of men who I myself was mentoring.

You get the point. In short, I'd built a caricature of "the perfect Christian"” and then measured myself against that caricature. For years, I tried to match up to this false picture, but I always came up short.

In desperately trying to be all of these "flavors"at once, I certainly didn't evidence love, joy, and peace in my life. These days, I've become much more at peace through receiving a clear understanding of the "flavor" God has created me to be: He has called me to be a father, and to love people as a father -- as a representation of God's incredible father's heart.

What, then, was my topic at the conference? "Leading with Love, Sharing the Father's Heart." This heart is a heart of love, not duty. My desire is to spend the remainder of my life being an earthly father/grandfather to my family and a spiritual father to many.

What unique "flavor" of God's presence are you? How has He called you to demonstrate His love in our hurting world? If you don't know, I'd encourage you to find out. You're unique -- one of a kind. Because of this, you can't be all things to all people. Can you imagine an ice cream with dozens of flavors mixed together? That'd be nobody's favorite.

Great stuff Doug. You truly are a father/grandfather to many. Go Yoda! Here's your session online...
Andy @ 7:30:00 AM 2/5/2013
What better calling to aspire to but the one that is like the Father heart of God. Beautiful words, thank you for sharing, Doug.
Ceci Edith @ 2:30:00 PM 2/5/2013
This is great Doug! I'd also like to add that if we tried to be every flavor of ice cream at once, that we wouldn't taste very good! Even if the ingredients are all good, too many ingredients can be overwhelming! Love & blessings!
Jen Woodward @ 4:50:00 PM 2/7/2013

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