“Champion the right to be yourself; dare to be different and to set your own pattern, live your own life, and follow your own star.“~Wilferd Peterson

A recent book, The Last Arrow by Erwin Raphael McManus was recommended to me by my mentor. She advised if I read just one book this year, this is it. (Ha! That will be the day!) Well, it had been on my wish list for weeks so of course I was putty in her hands. In my usual style, I’m gulping it hungrily and loving every page.  Since it’s mine all mine, I will go back and highlight, note and dog ear it to ferret out my favorite nuggets. The tag line is “save nothing for the next life.” McManus is a pastor in LA and there’s no question about what he means by the next life.

The last arrow? It’s a great metaphor for action. Keep striking until your quiver is empty. Never settle, never give up. I love this quote. “In the end, the one thing you must never settle for is the calling that God has on your life, the purpose for which He created you, the impact He designed you to make in the world.”  When I reflect on his words, it sends me back to when I first began writing my little messages of encouragement. I wholeheartedly believe we were created by God on purpose with a purpose. Even if our task seems small, it is critically necessary in the choreography of His divine vision. Read more…

About the Author: Betty Streff

I’m the ultimate people person. Hayseed philosopher, home-town humor. An insatiable reader and learner obsessed with what makes people tick. Fascinated with the human spirit. I want us all to become the best possible version of who we were born to be and to live a life filled with rich meaning. It helps me navigate my own journey and brings me joy. Find more of my recipes at www.gbskitchen.com.

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