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My wife was born to worship, and born to inspire others to worship.

Yes she’s also a remarkable wife, a sacrificial mother, a faithful friend, a talented photographer, and a gifted songwriter.

But she was born to help people enter the presence of the Lord with her voice.

We do not choose gifts, gifts choose us.

We may want to be a world-class golfer or an elite scientist, but all our hoping and hard work can never acquire what God has placed innately within us. One of the worst things that could befall out destiny is to be successful at something we were never born to do.

Don’t fight your natural gifts because your appetite is for success in something else. That’s jealousy, and it leads to death. Instead, embrace your God-given talents.

True maturity is being content with what we will never be. Cherish who you are and what you’ve been born with. Then pursue it. ch:

UPDATE: For those looking for my notes from today’s message, here’s a free PDF of them: MESSAGE: A New Look


16 Comments

Mike Kim · 26 Feb ’12 at 10:51 am

Great post, so true. And…Jenny is stunning!

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Feb ’12 at 12:39 pm

    Agreed agreed!

    Jason Clement · 27 Feb ’12 at 11:51 am

    My new EXCELLENT desktop background….

      Christopher Hopper · 27 Feb ’12 at 12:01 pm

      Ha – love it. I’ll get you the high rez version 😉

    Jason Clement · 27 Feb ’12 at 11:56 am

    Seriously though… Thanks for showing me daily how to cherish who I am and what I’ve been born with… and then pushing me to pursue it. I’m lucky to have a friend who flies so close to heaven!

      Christopher Hopper · 27 Feb ’12 at 12:02 pm

      Wow bro.

      No words.

      Just thanks for being my friend back.

costa · 26 Feb ’12 at 11:42 am

“..but all our hoping and hard work can never acquire what God has placed innately within us.”

GOOD stuff! Love that thought!

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Feb ’12 at 12:40 pm

    Thanks Costa!

    GREAT playing today. Your harmonies and timing were spot on.

Beth · 26 Feb ’12 at 12:59 pm

“Don’t fight your natural gifts because your appetite is for success in something else. That’s jealousy, and it leads to death. Instead, embrace your God-given talents.”

If we all had the same talents, the world wouldn’t function right. God gave us all different Talents and skills to advance the kingdom, we all have a part to play.

Jenny has a voice of an angel, so glad you guys are back and she lead today. 🙂 Miss your family!

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Feb ’12 at 3:38 pm

    “Jenny has a voice of an angel, so glad you guys are back and she lead today.”

    AMEN! And I’m glad to be home, too. Thanks Beth.

Chelsea · 26 Feb ’12 at 4:23 pm

Amazing service today, it really spoke to me and answered some questions I have been praying about lately!

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Feb ’12 at 5:27 pm

    What an encouragement to hear! Always a blessing to know God uses our humbling offerings to touch peoples’ lives.

Ashlin · 26 Feb ’12 at 7:19 pm

Amen! Love this.

    Christopher Hopper · 26 Feb ’12 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks Ashlin! Appreciate you reading and commenting.

emily zine · 2 Mar ’12 at 6:51 pm

i love jesus and i was born to be a youth pastor and i will be a youth pastor someday i will be. thanks christopher you have changed me and opened my heart to the lord.

    Christopher Hopper · 2 Mar ’12 at 11:59 pm

    Woot! Woot! Love you back girly! Jenny and I are rooting you on! Do it!

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