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Mistaken Identity by Don Van Ryn
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Jul 31, 2011

it was amazing
Read in February, 2011

My favorite part: "At the end of the movie, Hank's character says to Private Ryan with his dying breath something like, "Earn this." It's like he's telling Private Ryan to do something so special with his life that it will make other soldiers' deaths worth it. That's the kind of how I felt when people told me how God must have some great purpose in mind for me. I started to think that if I didn't do something amazing with my life, then I was letting God and everyone in the accident down.

One day I was having coffee with a friend named Brad, and I told him a little about how I'd been feeling. In response, he read me a story from the Old Testment book of 1 Kings. In the story, a prophet named Elijah goes out in the desert to talk to God. He's waiting for God when he hears this giant windstorm that is so strong it tears the rocks apart. But God isn't in the windstorm. Then there's an earthquake, but God isn't in the earthquake. Then there's a fire, but God isn't in the fire. Finally, he hears a gentle whisper, and he realizes that it's God...

...I realized that instead of thinking that my life has to be some big windstorm or earthquake for God, perhaps I only have to let Him whisper gently through my life. That story made me realize I don't have to accomplish some giant thing for God. If I'm just a camp counselor who makes the difference in the life of one person, or if I'm just a mom who loves her children and tells them about Jesus, than that's enough. It took a little while, but I finally figured out that God's purpose is for me to let Him do whatever he wants in my life, big or small."
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Shell The Belle Thank you for this review, and the quotes, I found them very useful, particularly the from the Bible about Elijah and the genlte whisoer, or still small voice. What you said about that afterwards was very inspiring, you were my still small voice, my gentle whisper of today! Thank you! xx

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