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For over twenty years, The United States Army's recruting slogan was "Be All You Can Be."  More recently, John Maxwell authored a book using that slogan as its title.  So, what does it mean to "be all you can be?"  According to Christine Tolbert Norman, mayor of Bentol, Liberia, you can have Christ, good character, the ability to read, write, and problem-solve, but if you don't have "salable skills--skills to make a living," then practically speaking, "you are a little bit short of God's plan for you."  Obviously, Christine is not saying that you must have "salable skills" to make it to Heaven.  The Bible teaches "For by grace you have been saved through faith...not a result of works" (Ephesians 2:8-9, ESV).  But, while we're still here on earth, "salable skills" are vitally important for supporting our families, serving our communities, and advancing the cause of Christ.

(Photo of Christine Tolbert Norman, Mayor of Bentol, Liberia and Andy Napier)