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"Awaken the Wonder"Stuart Jones We are created by a holy and amazing God. He designed us, unlike any other part of His creation, to be made in His image. We look around and see many people—spirit-filled, gifted and talented—all with creativity and an independent uniqueness being used by Jesus for some great purpose.   And then we make comparisons. We are not like those with special gifts and talents; we’re just not good enough. We don’t have the creativity, skill, power or focus. Our lives are simply too busy and crowded with surviving the day-to-day requirements to have anything left to offer.   And how can we possible measure up to God? Created in His image, yes, but containing any of His power and wonder…how can that be?   And so, we hold back, we limit what we can do. We offer excuses and reasons why we fall short. Our comparisons between us and others and us and the Lord make us feel as if we do not measure up, so we quit.   The Lord’s alternative to this is for us to step up and to wake up! Awaken the wonder provided by our Creator. Believe that God made us in His image and believe in the creativity and power He placed inside us.   Isaiah heard the call of the Lord and responded; Isaiah awoke the spirit inside. Isaiah recounts, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me.’” Isaiah 6:8 (NIV)