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Friday, March 06, 2009

Quickie...

I have so much to update you one but I have 20 minutes to get my kids ready and out the door...so it's not going to happen this morning - but one of the best things to update you on is: WE FOUND A HOUSE TO RENT AND SIGNED THE LEASE!!! We are staying in Sherman for at least a year!!!

So family and friend...beware...the Blakes are here to stay...for a year. :) Yayee!! I'm sooo excited! I'll leave you with my devotional from purposedrivenlife.com for today... :)
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Serving from the Heart
by Rick Warren


From now on if you listen obediently to the commandments that I am commanding you today, love God, your God, and serve him with everything you have within you, he'll take charge of sending the rain at the right time .... Deuteronomy 11:13-14 (MSG)

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Repeatedly, the Bible says to "serve the Lord with all your heart." God wants you to serve him passionately, not dutifully. People rarely excel at tasks they don't enjoy doing or feel passionate about. God wants you to use your natural interests to serve him and others.

How do you know when you're serving God from your heart?

The first telltale sign is enthusiasm. When you're doing what you love to do, no one has to motivate you, or challenge you, or check up on you. You do it for the sheer enjoyment. You don't need rewards, or applause, or to be paid, because you love serving in this way.

The opposite is also true: When you don't have a heart for what you're doing, you're easily discouraged.

One characteristic of serving God from your heart is effectiveness: whenever you do what God wired you to love to do, you get good at it. Passion drives perfection. If you don't care about a task, it is unlikely that you'll excel at it.

On the other hand, the highest achievers in any field are those who do it because of passion, not duty or profit.

We've all heard people say, "I took a job I hate in order to make a lot of money, so someday I can quit and do what I love to do." That's a big mistake. Don't waste your life in a job that doesn't express your heart.

Remember, the greatest things in life are not things. Meaning is far more important than money. The richest man in the world once said, "A simple life in the fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches" (Proverbs 15:16 MSG).

Don't settle for achieving "the good life," because the good life is not good enough. Ultimately, it doesn't satisfy. You can have a lot to live on, and still have nothing to live for. Aim instead for "the better life" - serving God in a way that expresses your heart.

Figure out what you love to do - that which God gave you a heart for - and then do it for his glory!

3 comments:

Debbie Burns said...

Wow! Congrats on the house and staying in Sherman! I was hoping you'd be here when our goats kidded so your kids could come and see the sweet little babies.

If you have any inclination to garden, let me know and I'll help you set one up.
Debbie

Brittany Jones said...

Yay!! Exciting you found a house! good luck!

Rachel said...

I love Rick Warren too - and love the last line of this devotional. So true that we pour ourselves into things we were never meant to sometimes... and God calls us to do the things that seem like they have less "payoff" but are significant in His plan.

Thank you for sharing - and thank you for the sweet comments!
(Yes, we love Kate around here too!)