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Academic achievement?
Vocational accomplishment?
Refined reputation?
Awards and citations?
Elevated social status?
Financial security?
Accumulated material wealth?
All of these, sought or unsought, do not hold and must not possess my heart and soul.
But beware!

If we fill the place of value these once held to gain the more precious presence of
Jesus, we will also be opening ourselves to more:
more joy and more deep empathy for those in pain,
more ecstasy and more sorrow,
more beauty and more awareness of decay, brokenness, and hopelessness,
more hope and more sadness for those who can’t yet believe...

But knowing “the joy of His sweet sorrow” will also make us know that in trading all else
for His dear companionship, we have received the greatest profit ever realized in a trade.