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FB team member Dena Dyer here. Like many people, I've been thinking a lot about Whitney Houston, whose career started with singing in her church, and today I'm amen-ing the wisdom in this piece from UrbanFaith called "The Missing X Factor." I especially love the ending: "We would all be closer to achieving greatness in whatever our particular pursuit in life may be if we had a regular opportunity to practice it, and if we heard the words of folk who love us encouraging us when we mess up: 'That’s alright now, take your time!'" Do you have a church where your gifts are encouraged? If so, how? If not, how could you encourage them to let people's gifts be more fully expressed?
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