Moving from Desire to Destiny: Just Do “You”‏

*Meet John Garfield, author of Releasing Kings and Desire to Destiny.  Thank you,  John for this guest post today.  See below for details on the Tele-Conference Call John and I are doing together next week.

People that are really fulfilled in their work and ministry have two ingredients that propel them into excellence, promotion, and effectiveness: they are self-aware and authentic. They understand what their own gifts and talents are as well as their weak areas. Although they work hard to develop skills through education and experience, they do not try to remake themselves into something they are not. Patton was a great general. Picasso was a great painter. Switch their roles and you get mediocrity. They are totally happy and productive being themselves.

Natural Gifts – Successful people stay within their God-given gifts and talents. The rest of us are busy trying to change ourselves to meet the expectations of another person or job. The implication of feeling that I need different, God-given talents is that I am ultimately inadequate and that God messed up when He made me. Success is not about developing talent. It’s all about aligning with it. You have already been created in God’s image for something special and your talents will fit perfectly.

Heart’s desire – If you align with your gifts, temperament and talents, you will be more fulfilled and productive. However, there is still one more ingredient. God has written something into your heart’s desires and the Holy Spirit is inviting you to pursue them.

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Ps 20:4-5 NIV

You have granted him the desire of his heart… Ps 21:2 NIV

Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4 NIV

He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; Ps 145:19 NIV

When you align with those desires, you will find an overlap with what God is doing in the Kingdom. Instead of just being aligned with your personal talents, you will be a player in a life purpose much larger than yourself. You will find your “because” and answer the “why” of your life. Even though there is more to life than just personal fulfillment, my point is that you can have both. I know of nothing more delightful than the personal fulfillment that comes with using my time and talents to make a difference in the Kingdom and bless the nations. Now that’s a party!

You’re invited to join me as I interview John on Weds. Aug. 31 at 12 noon ET.  Desire to Destiny: Have Fun, Make Money, Love People . I can guarantee you will experience plenty of “A Ha!” moments. Register HERE

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