If you could accomplish one thing for the kingdom of God during your tenure on planet Earth, what would it be?
Do you want to win an entire continent for the Lord? Or perhaps you long for unexplainable miracles and heart-stirring healings to break out under your ministry?
Is there one singular and significant way in which you long to impact history? Do you want to write the worship songs that empower a generation? Or do you deeply desire to write a book that will impact millions for Christ?
Is there a particular contribution for which you would like to be known long after you are gone? Do you want the Lord to enable you to discover the cure for cancer? You may feel the deep calling to be a voice for righteousness in the political arena.
Or perhaps you simply want to serve the Lord without recognition or applause. Maybe your heart's desire is to love orphans, to visit those in jail or to fight against sexual slavery.
It could be that your call to greatness will be found in the family you are nurturing. You might dream about raising the next Billy Graham, an up-and-coming Kari Jobe or a future Ronald Reagan.
We all have a dream in our hearts. Each one of us owns a passion that relentlessly leads us into the will and plan of God for our lives. I can guarantee you that there will be unbelievable and aggressive obstacles to conquer, but there is no mountain He is not able to move on your behalf.
There will be impossible rivers to ford in your journey of life, but you serve a God who can make a way where there seems to be no way. It's what He does best.
Did you know that your passion to accomplish just one great thing for the kingdom is eternally and infinitely valuable to God? God delights in discovering an ordinary man or a humble woman who uncommonly declares, "I am all in! I will just do it! My life is Yours, Father!"
So let me ask you again, "What is your last thought at night and your first desire in the morning?"
What is it that drives your heart, your daily choices, your dreams and your prayers? What is it? What is your one thing?
I believe I have been given a word from God for you today; may I share it with you?
Now! Today! Begin! Don't delay!
Whatever the dream is that God has placed in your human heart, take it off the back burner of distant possibility and give it substance and drive today.
Make a plan. Come up with a workable, strategic and doable plan. Don't stay in a place of frustration over unmet goals and intangible action points, but get to work today.
There will always be interruptions, distractions and frustrations, but do not allow those ridiculous and momentary disturbances to alter the course of your life. Your dream should be bigger than any distraction, your calling should be stronger than any circumstances, and your goal in life should trump every mere diversion.
Now! Today! Begin! Don't delay!
Perhaps the words of a man by the name of Paul will move you to action today:
"But none of these things deter me. Nor do I count my life of value to myself, so that I may joyfully finish my course and the ministry which I have received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God" (Acts 20:24).
Carol McLeod is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. Carol encourages and empowers women with passionate and practical biblical messages mixed with her own special brand of hope and humor. She has written five books: No More Ordinary, Holy Estrogen!, The Rooms of a Woman's Heart and Defiant Joy! Her most recent book is Refined: Finding Joy in the Midst of the Fire. Her teaching DVD The Rooms of a Woman's Heart won the Telly Award, a prestigious industry award for excellence in religious programming.
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