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PURPOSE, PASSION, AND PURE JOY Featured

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Why do we do the things that we do? What is the motivation behind our actions? One of the greatest motivators is need. We need food. We need shelter. We need clothes. So we get up early and we go to work as a way to meet those needs. We have people in our family depending on us, so we get up and go about the business of meeting their needs. We tend to live life in reaction to whatever need presents itself. After a compelling presentation, we reluctantly give our service to whatever is needed. In the midst of all the things we need to do, is it even possible to live a fulfilling, purposeful life?


2 Corinthians 9:7 the amplified version says, "Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, "prompt to do it") giver [whose heart is in his giving] "

Living our lives on purpose requires a mindset change. We must decide to give our time, our talent, and our service on purpose each day. Our gifts should come from a place of purpose, passion and joy.

How do I move from a place of reaction to that place of purpose?
We start by realizing that purpose is already inside of us. God designed each of us to fulfill something that His love wants done in the earth. His love inside leads us in a certain way. His purpose inside leads us in a certain direction. Begin to move as He leads.
How do I move from a place of indifference to that place of passion? We rediscover what we love the most. We also examine carefully what we hate the most. These are clues to what motivates us and what we are passionate about.
How do I move from a place of anger, despair, and/or apathy to that place of joy?
We do whatever it is that burns deep within our heart. The amplified version of Philippians 2:13 says "[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight." If God is in us, He gives us both ability and desire. Whatever brings pleasure, satisfaction, and delight to us, brings pleasure, satisfaction and delight to God. He created us. He dwells in us. He created the things we enjoy.

Allow God's grace to abound in us. When need compels us to give, we can decide that His grace is sufficent. We can decide to dissolve the need through passionately pursuing our purpose and fulfilling God's joy. Today I decide to give from a life that is lived on purpose. Today I decide to give from a life full of passion for God and passion for others. Today I decide to give from a life full of joy.

Written By: Terra O'Brien

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