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Defining Moments

One week from today, Soulprint releases. You can pre-order it now for a great price. Over the next week I’ll share a few excerpts from the book.

Time may be measured in minutes, but life is measured in moments. There are moments in life that are larger than life. And it’s those defining moments that dictate the way we see life. Some of them are as predictable as a wedding day or the birth of a child. Others are as unpredictable as an accident. You never know which moment might become a defining moment, but identifying those moments is the key to identifying yourself.

Psychological research suggests that our self-concept is defined by a very small number of experiences. Ninety-nine percent of life’s experiences vanish like vapor into the subconscious abyss. Only one percent makes it into our conscious memory. And it’s only one percent of that one percent that aren’t just memorable; they are unforgettable. Those are the moments that define us. And managing those memories is a form of stewardship. Every past experience is preparation for some future opportunity. And one way God redeems the past is by helping us see it through His eyes, His providence. So the key to fulfilling your future destiny is hidden in your past memories.

When we look in the mirror, what we see is a reflection of our accumulated experiences. And defining moments are like defining features. In a sense, we are an aggregation of where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and who we’ve known. But there are a few places, a few experiences, and a few people that leave their imprint in a way that shapes our soulprint.

Your fingerprint uniquely identifies you and differentiates you from everyone else who has ever lived, but your fingerprint is only skin-deep. You possess a uniqueness that is soul-deep. I call it your soulprint. It’s not just who you are, present tense. It’s who you are destined to become, future tense. It’s not just who others see when they look at you from the outside in. It’s who God has destined you to become from the inside out. Not unlike your genetic code that preprograms parts of your anatomy, your true identity and true destiny are hardwired into your soulprint

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Mark Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington, D.C., a multi-site church and a leading fellowship in the nation’s capital. Meeting in movie theaters and Metro stops throughout the D.C. area, NCC is attended by more than 70 percent single twenty-somethings. Mark’s weekly podcast is one of the fastest growing in America. His book, In A Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars peaked at #44 on Amazon.com’s best-seller list. He has just released his newest book entitled, Wild Goose Chase: Reclaiming the Adventure of Pursuing God. He and his wife Lora live on Capitol Hill. They have three children.