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Have you ever been so engaged in a creative project that you lost track of time? You were painting or sewing or planting a garden, and all of a sudden it was time for dinner and you had no concept of the day going by. This out-of-time experience is your payoff for creating. It is hard-wired into you. You are wired to create.

Have you ever spent time in a soup kitchen or care facility, giving time and attention to folks less fortunate than you? You worked hard and time flew by. Afterward, you felt like you had been given a gift, not the other way around. This warm feeling is your payoff for giving of yourself in charity. It is hard-wired into you. You are wired to help others.

Have you ever been so in the moment of sexual love that you felt transported to heaven, wishing you could make the feeling last forever? This ecstasy is your payoff for loving another person intimately. It is hard-wired into you. You are wired to love.

God, I believe, wired you to engage in creativity, charity, and love, and he rewards you with powerful pay-offs. You seek out these ecstatic gifts again and again, and that is how it should be. These pay-offs are an indicator of God’s will for us: create, help, and love.

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