spiritual perspective on books

Leading a life of 'superclarity'

Are you leading a conventional life—or is it "high definition"? You're wondering how to know the difference? Author Ed Young, senior pastor of Fellowship Church in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, explains in his latest book, High Definition Living: Bringing Clarity to Your Life's Mission: "HDTV [high-definition television] screens have many more lines of resolution than conventional television screens. These hundreds of lines of resolution ... enhance the quality of the picture far beyond what was previously possible. The ... technology of both the HDTV and the high-definition broadcast signal gives a whole new dimension to the television-watching experience. ... HDTV has 'superclarity'" (p. 7).

Writing from a Christian perspective, Young suggests that everyone—not just pastors, politicians, and movers and shakers in public life—can lead "high-definition lives," and be the leaders that God intends them to be in their families, communities, and churches. He writes: "[Leading a high-definition life] means we have a clear sense of purpose and life that reflects Christ's calling on our lives, both at a distance and up close" (p. 8).

The example of someone living a high-definition life whom Young turns to is a man who accomplished every step of his life's mission with unwavering clarity—the Old Testament prophet Nehemiah. This "cupbearer to the king" built a protecting wall around Jerusalem two-and-a-half miles long, an amazing undertaking spanning only 52 days, against tremendous odds and despite relentless opposition. Nehemiah's humility, purpose, and drive provide an inspiring example of what anyone can accomplish in the service of God.

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Beneath the stereotype
June 30, 2003

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.