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Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Last week my friend and advisor Dave Gibbons took me through what he calls a “flow consult.” I walked him through my life story and he talked me through some design principles of how he believes God created me. One idea that he had for me was the word “AND.” “You are Korean AND American. You studied business AND engineering. You love people AND computers. Faith AND work. Public AND private sector. God has designed you to sit at the intersection of things, and that’s ok.” Dave pinpointed an overarching theme on my life, and though I had heard the broad concept before, the new revelation was that I still had some underlying issues with the idea of being an “AND” person. The world bombards us with concepts like the 10,000 hour rule, reinforcing that one never develops any value without focusing on one thing at the exclusion of all else. Dave was quick to remind me that Jesus was heaven AND earth. He ministered to the religious elite AND to the prostitutes. If God has designed me as an AND person, then He could definitely use my nature to minister to others. I don’t believe that you should necessarily aspire to be an AND person. But I do believe that you should aspire to embrace your divine design, whatever traits God has blessed you with. As we learned from the Jesuits yesterday, self-awareness is the first step on the hero’s journey. Lord, thank you for uncovering more of your nature each and every day. Thank you for drawing me closer to your presence, and closer into my destiny of who you’ve designed me to be. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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