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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Inner Person (09/09/10)

TITLE: Good to Great
By Lisa Fuller
09/16/10


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Good is Greats ugly cousin. Good settles into the comfort zone while Great adventures within the faith zone. Good has just enough faith to get into heaven, but Great lives with heaven in their soul every day. Great learned that success wasnít found in money, or position, or stuff, but in discovering who Christ created him to be. Good has never had healthy relationships, so he has a hard time understanding what a personal relationship with Christ looks like. He canít wrap his brain around having a personal relationship with someone thatís invisible, because heís never had a good one with a visible person. Good doesnít read the Bible because heís overwhelmed by it. He never did well in school and studying is just not his thing. What Good knows about God heís learned from the preacher and Bible studies, but itís all just knowledge that fills his brain, he doesnít understand how to apply what was just preached or taught, heís too busy to figure it out.

This world is in love with logic and science, it teaches us to embrace it, it teaches that knowledge is power. The world teaches us that we donít need relationship, that we should be self-sufficient, otherwise weíre weak. It teaches us that if weíre in a bad relationship we should just end it and leave it. Our logic brain accepts this worldly reasoning. The world does not understand relationships. Since we get so much of our education and knowledge from this world, we have a skewed concept of what a real relationship looks like. The world teaches us to suppress our creative self, and embrace our logical self. The world says ďyou donít need to figure out the meaning of your own life, I have the answer. This is what youíre supposed to do with your life.Ē The world seeks to destroy it and so we learn to suppress it.

Great learned that godly relationships encouraged him to be a better person. Great knows that knowledge does not supply power, truth supplies power. When we receive Christ, we receive the Spirit of Truth. We can choose to suppress the power, and continue to buy the lie the world sells, or we can reject what the world is teaching. We unleash the power when we allow the Spirit of Truth to be our constant guide. In order to be in tune to our guide however, we must enter and remain in fellowship with Christ.

Great has learned to listen to his inner self and heart knowledge before he listens to his outer self and brain knowledge. Great knows God and has daily quiet time with Him, he has figured out how to make Him known within their world. He surrounds himself with godly people who are transparent about their struggles, he serves God from his heart. Good is too busy for quiet time but prays when life gets unmanageable, heíll figure out how to make Him known to the world once life slows down and he can retire. This is the real beauty in life, the mystery, and surprise as we seek him and he slowly begins to unveil his creation of us, and we start seeing what he designed us for. God equips everyone for greatness refuse to settle for goodness.


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Nancy Bucca 09/17/10
This was really well written; I love the contrasts between good and great. A winner in my book!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/17/10
I enjoyed the contrast between good and great. I thought maybe content might have been a better name than good. But all in all you did a great job:)
Christina Banks 09/20/10
I liked the way that you contrasted Good and Great. Too often we settle for Good when Great would be so much better.