▪️PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Pleasure.

in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire Eric Liddell says this,  “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Pleasure. Depending on your view of who God is and what He is like will radically impact your perception of whether or not He desires you to feel pleasure.

There are plenty of negative references toward pleasures that you may be aware of; usually what may be cloaked in pleasure is vice. And God’s desire is for us to be free, so He steers us away from vices. Instead He offers us a liberating alternative, the pursuit of our passion.

When you truly find a passion, something good for you that you were designed to do, you experience God’s good pleasure. Very few find it. Hear me load and clear, if you are still looking for the thing that makes you feel free and fully alive, don’t stop. If I could reach through my laptop and sit with you today, I would do everything I could to help you on your quest. It’s not an easy pursuit. It takes courage to pursue freedom.

What I can offer you are arrows that might help you discover what it is you might be passionate about, I offer because on the journey of life it will help keep your candle burning. So here it goes, grab pen and paper if this is for you and take a few quite minutes to drift away. For reflection and self discovery begin to answer these questions.

What am I good at AND enjoy doing? Think making something (a product) OR giving of self (a service) .

If you have difficulty with the first question – and think it might be both outline which is the driver. Example: I like to teach and encourage, however I prefer to do this via a product rather than providing a service. I choose to make products and tools to deliver the teaching and encouragement rather than acting as a facilitator. I hope that helps.

Will you take some time this week to invest in your passion?

Will you take time journaling how you feel after the investment?

If you choose to invest in yourself in this way you might find that you have more to give in the other areas of your life. Be a whole person, pursue your passion and bring something uniquely you to the world. We are waiting, we need you . You can do it.

Be strong and courageous.

▪️PICK YOUR BATTLES

God working with you.

After she finished detailing the progress she’s made on her latest work endeavor I asked her, “do you feel like God is working with you?” This is a question I’ve asked myself lately. It’s an important question that all people of faith should ask themselves.

Life is full of battles, and when you’re in one wouldn’t you want God fighting with you. Although He is close and with us at all times, He’s not necessarily fighting all our battles with us. He chooses carefully, and so should we.

This week’s attribute is all about picking the right battles and how standing up for yourself and others is the right thing to do. And as far as God fighting with us is concerned, we can be assured that He is always fighting with us when we choose the way that requires virtue and courage, because those paths are aligned with who God is. Yes, like the warm air slowly churning outside my door informs me of what I can see on the radar about the impending hurricane coming my way, God is always present. However, He is not always picking up the battles we choose.

In both my daily reading today, by today I am referring to the day that I am crafting this piece to you in cyberspace, and on the verse of the day from the Bible app these same words are before me;

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

If you want to feel God working with you then you better start fighting battles that require faith. It takes courage to have faith.

We’re told in scripture that faith is the assurance of what we hope for and the substance of what is unseen. I hope you didn’t miss that. Unseen.

If you want to see the invisible God step into your life and begin to fight your battles with you; then you need to choose the battles He would choose. He always chooses the battles that require courage. The one’s that require virtue.

Be strong and courageous in your choosing my friend,