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If you had to stop right now and rate your life -- choosing a number 1 through 10 -- what number would you choose? Are you living life to the fullest -- a 10? Have you hit bottom and have nowhere to go but up -- zero?

Most of us aspire to greater and bigger. We're naturally ambitious. We want to make a difference in the world. We want to be able to retire in comfort, even luxury. So, we look at our lives and probably give ourselves a 6 or even an 8. We know there's better out there!

Does this describe you?

"Most of us have some awareness of the future that is in us," writes author Terry Smith -- who challenges us all to achieve a 10. "We have moments when we catch our breath in wonder as we briefly glimpse possibilities vastly preferred over our past and present. We intuit something great and grand and from God percolating just beneath the surface of our lives."

So, what will it take to achieve a 10?

"We can become fully awake to this future," writes Smith. "We can bring this future from the nebulous realm of the subconscious into the world of the conscious. We can move the mystery toward the intentional. Once we do, we can partner with God to create the tomorrow He has dreamed for us—the future we were made for. We can create our God-inspired futures."Many of us dream of living a richer and more significant life — the kind of fulfilling life that, when rated on the scale of one to ten, would score a definitive ten.

“We can only know life in all its fullness if we live the life God dreams

for us,” explains Terry Smith, who has written a book aimed at helping you achieve that goal -- TEN: How Would You Rate Your Life.

So, what should you do?

Awaken: Wake up to God’s dreams for your life

Smith’s book is based on the tenth verse of the tenth chapter in the Book of John. It’s a guide to living the life God dreams for us.

Many of us dream of living a richer and more significant life—the kind of fulfilling life that, when rated on the scale of one to ten, would score a definitive ten.

Most of us have some awareness of the future that is in us. We have moments when we catch our breath in wonder as we briefly glimpse possibilities vastly preferred over our past and present. We intuit something great and grand and from God percolating just beneath the surface of our lives.

We can become fully awake to this future. We can bring this future from the nebulous realm of the subconscious into the world of the conscious. We can move the mystery toward the intentional. Once we do, we can partner with God to create the tomorrow He has dreamed for us—the future we were made for. We can create our God-inspired futures.

Awaken: Cooperate with God

“I don’t think people want enough,” states Smith “Not more stuff. More life. And not just for ourselves but also for others.”

God-inspired futures are futures that are better, best, preferred. But God does not force these futures on us. He allows us to choose whether to actualize them. We can cooperate with Him in the continuing act of creating the life and the world He envisioned. And we can experience more and more what He made in the beginning, before terrible human choices messed everything up.

Discover: Learn how to discover your life’s calling

God, in His infinite wisdom, created the world in intricate measure and form. He was exact in every minute detail—from the specific rotation of the earth on its axis to the precise measure of sunlight necessary to make a daisy grow. But into this perfection, He introduced a variable: people—to whom He gave the capacity to make decisions, even about the perfect things He had made.

Don’t you see God operating that way in our lives? He creates something, or has an idea. He brings it to a person, and says, “Look what I have for you. What do you want to do with it? What do you want to name this? Whatever you name it, that’s what its name will be. It’s up to you.”

“It seems that God is constantly alternating between being a spectator and being a participant in human affairs. This much I know: God insists that we participate in bringing even what He says is possible to pass,” writes author Terry Smith. “At very distinct times in my life, it seems that God has brought His dreams for me, and His dreams for the areas over which I have influence, and said, “Terry, this is what I have made for you. I call this possible. Now what do you want to call it?”

Possibilities are hints from God! They enter our consciousness through the portal of spirit and become a vision, a thought, an idea. We must pray, make decisions, activate faith, and take action in order for these things to leave the spiritual and become physically real. God wants us to join with Him in crafting our preferred futures.

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