Pay attention to the desires of your heart

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The power of hope”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “For I know the plans I have for you – this is the Lord’s declaration – plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Pay attention to the desires of your heart.”
 
Over the years of providing counseling services, I’ve worked with lots of Christians who were unhappy with the direction their lives had taken. In many of those cases the person had an interest and a passion they would have liked to have pursued, but instead they gave in to pressure from parents, siblings, friends, and others to travel a path different from where their heart was pointing them. Or, they let practicality dictate their direction in life.
 
So, the boy with a passion for art ends up becoming an electrical engineer because that’s what his father thought he should be – and he’s miserable. Or the girl who desperately wanted to be a dancer went to school instead to become an accountant, because people told her it was a more sensible career, and now she spends the rest of her life wondering what might have been.
 
Perhaps God does want you to be an electrical engineer, or an accountant, or a whatever … but maybe not. Maybe that desire in your heart was placed there by Him and if you don’t follow it, you’ll end up with a life that is less than what He wanted for you.
 
Jeremiah 29:11 clues us into the fact that God has a wonderful plan and a unique purpose for each individual life. Usually, we get intimations of that plan and purpose through the desires of the heart. The things we love and are most interested in are usually the things we would be most successful at and which would give us the happiest and fullest life.
 
Unfortunately, many people ignore the desires of their heart and surrender instead to pressure from others, or to a sense of what seems to be most practical. As author John Eldredge once noted, “They end up living a script written for them by others and in the process, they leave their hearts behind”.
 
Many years ago, Pastor Rick Warren wrote a wonderful book entitled “The Purpose Driven Life”. It’s a forty-day devotional study designed to help you identify the passion God has created in you, and then to live from that. As Christians we have the confident assurance that God has a unique purpose for us as an individual. It’s essential for us to discover that purpose and for that to be the thing that drives us. God said, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good ….”
 
Whether you’re twenty or eighty, if you’re still breathing then God isn’t done with you yet. He has a plan for the remaining days, weeks, months, and years of your life, and the desire of your heart is a key to discovering that plan.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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