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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Clues to Where I Should Be Serving

In review of Proverbs 27:19 this morning, I read As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” (NIV).

Its what is in my heart that really reflects who I really am. Scripture uses the term “heart” to describe the bundle of desires, hopes, interests, ambitions, dreams, and affections that I have. My heart represents the source of all my motivations. What I love to do and what I care about most. Even today, this word is expressed when one says, “I love you with all my heart.”

The Bible says what is in my heart reveals who I really am. I am not what others think I am or what circumstances force me to be. My heart is the real me. It determines why I say the things I do, why I feel the way I do, and why I act the way I do.

Physically, each of us has a unique heartbeat. Just as we each have unique thumbprints, eye prints, and voiceprints, our hearts beat in slightly different patterns. It’s amazing that out of all the billions of people who’ve ever lived, no one has ever had a heartbeat exactly like mine.

In the same way, God has given me a unique emotional heartbeat that races when I think about the subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest me. I instinctively care about some things and not about others. These are clues to where I should be serving.

Another word for heart is passion. There are certain subjects that you feel deeply passionate about and others that I couldn’t care less about. Some experiences turn you on and capture your attention, while others turn you off or bore you to tears. When you were growing up, you may have discovered that you were intensely interested in some subjects that no one else in your family cared about.

These interests come from God! He gave them to me for a reason, and he wants me to use them to serve others.

In summary, just like water will reflect my face, my life reflects my heart, who I really am. My heart represents the source of all my motivations, what I love to do and what I care about. My heart is the real me. It determines what I say, do and how I act. My heart is unique. Its given to me by God. It will race when I think about certain subjects, activities, or circumstances that interest me. He gave them to me for a reason. These provide clues to where I should be serving. He wants me to use them to serve others.

Bottom Line:
My passions are the real me.

What this means to me:
The real me is unique, created that way by God for a purpose. Those things that I am passionate about are the things where God wants to use me and to serve others.

Today I will consider what subjects, activities and causes that I am passionate about. How am I, or how can I make an investment in those things for God’s glory? I also need to consider the things that consume much of my time and energy. How are they aligning with my emotional heartbeat? 

Father I pray today for some clarity and focus on the things that I’m passionate about. I ask that you send your Spirit to help me consider these today and help shape my thinking, perspective and actions for moving forward. I also pray for my health and healing for my chronic cough, the swelling in my feet and ankles. I ask you for wisdom and guidance for my day, to manage my activities and to do's, to lead my team well, and to interact properly with others. I pray these things through your Son Jesus name, amen.

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