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“We will never be ‘enough better’ than everyone else to be secure.”

A thought by Steven Furtick, (2016-03-01) from his book, (UN)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things (p. 181). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Wow.Is that true?But I need to be better?Don’t I?  
Steven says, “We will always have to fight off contenders for first place. We will view everyone around us as competitors. And we’ll do anything it takes to maintain our lead. We’ll miss a million blessings in the meantime.”
Look at that, “We will miss a million blessings in the meantime.”But I thought being in first place is a blessing?If it is, it is only for a moment.
For a period of time Lance Armstrong was the number one cyclist in the world.Steven says, “Lance Armstrong felt he had no choice but to cheat because of the culture of competition around him. And as a result, he ended up sacrificing the very things he worked for. He lost his victories, his reputation, and his control. He lost himself.”

“None of us controls our fate.”

A thought by Steven Furtick, (2016-03-01) from his book, (UN)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things (p. 167). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Now you realize that don’t you?But do you live as if it is true?
Steven says, “We influence it greatly, but we don’t control it."
He goes on, “Think about it. We don’t determine the place of our birth. We don’t single-handedly run the economy or governments in those places. We can’t stop natural disasters. We can’t predict the decisions of people around us. We can’t guarantee our good health. We don’t know the day we will die. But God does all those things and more. We can’t go more than a few hours without rest and sleep, but the universe doesn’t fall apart while we are curled up under the covers. God is still there, guiding, protecting, and watching over our tiny, finite selves. He must get a good laugh out of the size of our egos sometimes.”
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“Self-improvement in and of itself doesn’t produce happiness.”

A thought by Steven Furtick, (2016-03-01) from his book, (UN)Qualified: How God Uses Broken People to Do Big Things (p. 122). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Have you found that true yet?So why do we do it?
Steven says, “We are convinced that a failure-free existence is just around the corner. If we want it bad enough, if we try hard enough, if we study diligently enough, if we strain and strive and push long enough, we will arrive. We will overcome our weaknesses, and we will finally be happy. But that never happens.”
He goes on, “Fewer failures don’t always equate with a more satisfied life. Why? Because our weaknesses are not necessarily the source of our unhappiness. Therefore, perfection is not the cure. Change is good. Change is necessary. Change is inevitable. But change for the sake of change is overrated.”
He then says, “It’s overrated because there is more to life than self-help and self-improveme…