Destiny. ..Meaning… Purpose.
Everyone I have asked possesses an interest to know and understand what these are for them. I have never ran into anyone who does not want to have purpose and meaning in their life. This is perhaps why Rick Warren’s book, “Purpose Driven Life” sold over 30 million copies in its first 6 years after being published in 2002, making it the #1 best-selling non-fiction hardcover book in history. Every person has a destiny, meaning and purpose they are given to possess. We have each been created uniquely and wired for specific successes so that we, in turn, can impact our world for its betterment. We began looking last time at what I call the 5 D’s in Destiny:
Dream. Desire. Determination. Devotion. Drive.
We talked about the importance of having a dream. Today, we want to look at desire. Dreams and desires are closely related, yet are remarkably different. Dreams answer the “what” whereas desire answers the “why”. Dreams answer the question, “What would my life look like if I was guaranteed success and had all the resources and skills I needed to achieve my ideal existence?” Desires are the power behind why we hold those dreams. Desires provide the fuel to dreams that motivate us to make our dreams a reality.
Consider a marathon runner. Does a person wake up one day and simply decide, “Gee, I want to run a marathon”? If all it took was a thought, we may all be marathon runners, but we’re not. Somewhere within the runner is a desire to run. This can be rooted in any number of reasons amongst a plethora of possibilities, but within the individual is a motivating passion that sets forth the processes necessary to become a runner. That desire to run is connected to a dream and their personal value system (we will have to cover values later).
Desire, or passions, are often epitomized by a flame. People talk about a “burning desire” or “flaming passion.” A flame or fire is a wonderful description of desire as it is reminiscent of power. I love campfires, so much that we have a firepit in our backyard that we enjoy as often as possible. Yet in order to have the firepit, we must adhere to certain guidelines to ensure that we reap the benefits of the fire without the catastrophe the same fire could bring if left unattended or without proper boundaries. Like a fire, desires and passions need to handled with care and deliberation. Desires can be productive by fueling a dream, but if handled carelessly, can destroy a person’s God-ordained existence.
How can one kindle the flames of desire that are necessary to fuel their dreams? Just as a flame needs 3 things to exist (oxygen, fuel, igniter) so desire properly executed needs 3 key components. We must ask ourselves, How can my God-ordained dream…
1) …Maximize my skills, talents, personality and experiences? You were uniquely wired and God has fashioned you and gifted you for what He wants you to accomplish. There are definitely ways we can improve our skills and personality, but generally speaking you have what you need to move forward in what He has planned for you.
2) …Meet the needs of others? The desires that fuel our dreams must always be about other people and not primarily about us. A lasting legacy is determined, not by the name we make for ourselves, but by the positive impact we have made in the lives of others.
3) …Make God smile? It is for His good pleasure we are created and it is for eternal significance not temporal gratification that we need to be motivated. Regardless of one’s thoughts on the subject, we were made to worship Him with all we are, all we have, and all we do. This life will soon pass, but an eternity with God will never die. Let’s make sure our lives are pleasing the One who really matters!
As we answer those questions, a sense of desire will begin to permeate our dreams. This will motivate us to action which will set up the process for dreams to become real. It will also help us keep our focus where it belongs, preventing us from taking a dream instituted by God and perverting it to make it meet our own needs. If we follow this plan, we will not need to “bless ourselves” as God will provide blessing and advancement as we please Him.
So, what are you passionate about? What fuels your dreams? How can you begin to fan the flame in your own life to bring your dream closer to reality? Share your thoughts here, and let’s ignite each others’ flame!