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The Abundant Life

Claire and Rick share thoughts from the heart to the heart

Living With No Regrets

no regretsThe recognition of our mortality is a sobering experience.  When we’re young we don’t give much thought to death, however, this past week I attended two funerals.  As we consider the brevity of life it causes us to reflect upon our lives – are we living with no regrets?  The Apostle Paul is an example of an individual who lived with no regrets,

In view of this, I also do my best to maintain always a blameless conscience both before God and before men.  (Acts 24:16)

Paul’s manner of life reflected a conscience that was blameless.  The word blameless literally means having nothing to strike against or not causing one to stumble.  It is used metaphorically of not leading others to sin by one’s mode of life.  Paul reveals in this verse how one may have a blameless conscience.

You can have a blameless conscience as you place God at the center of your life.  This was Paul’s example as he realized that God is sovereign and acknowledged God as the moral compass of his life.

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.  (2 Corinthians 5:9)

When your life is pleasing to God that implies that you are following God.  A problem arises when we want to follow our own way and stay in our comfort zone rather than stepping out in faith.  Following God involves walking by faith and walking by faith can be adventurous (i.e. frightening) at times.  Take a look at my blog post What If You Could Live Your Life Over?  as people were asked if they could live their lives over what changes would they make?  They responded that they wished that they had taken more risks.  Getting outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens.

When you are following God you demonstrate His love toward one another.  Paul had a blameless conscience before God and before men because his vertical relationship with God influenced his horizontal relationships with others.  Paul lived a life without regret because he was following God’s will and that affected his relationships with others.

You must understand that living without regret does not imply perfection.   All of us have situations in our lives we wish we could do over, hindsight is often 20/20, but we don’t need to live our lives through the rear view mirror.  Paul had aspects of his life that he put behind him,

Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, (Philippians 3:13)

If you don’t let your past die then it won’t let you live.  You can live a life free from any regrets.  William Borden was an individual who had no regrets.  He was an heir to the Borden family fortune and his parents gave him a trip around the world.  As he traveled through Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, he felt a growing burden for the world’s hurting people. Bill Borden told others of his desire to be a missionary.  Although some of his friends thought he was throwing himself away as a missionary, Borden wrote two words in his Bible: “No reserves.”

Borden attended Yale University and it was evident that he had given his heart in full surrender to Christ and God’s will for his life.  As he surveyed the empty, humanistic philosophy and moral weakness of sin-stained lives he was determined to make a difference.  Borden started a small morning prayer group that gave birth to a movement that soon spread across the campus. By the time Borden was a senior, one thousand of Yale’s 1,300 students were meeting weekly for Bible study and prayer.  Borden’s outreach extended to hurting people on the streets of New Haven.  He also presided over the student missionary conference held at Yale and served as president of the honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  Upon graduation from Yale, Borden turned down high-paying job offers and wrote two more words in his Bible “No retreats.”

He did graduate work at Princeton Seminary and then set sail to Egypt to study Arabic to fulfill God’s calling his life. While in Egypt, he contracted spinal meningitis. Within a month, 25-year-old William Borden was dead and the announcement was carried by nearly every American newspaper.  Some people said his life was a waste, but Borden’s example was an inspiration to many who would take up the call.

Do you think Borden’s untimely death a waste?  Prior to his death, Borden had written two more words in his Bible. Underneath the words “No reserves” and “No retreats,” he had written: “No regrets.”

You too can live a life of no regrets.  May we be able to exclaim with the Apostle Paul,

Paul, looking intently at the Council, said, “Brethren, I have lived my life with a perfectly good conscience before God up to this day.”  (Acts 23:1)

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

Whatever Happened to Truth?

Stand for somethingThis morning I heard Steve Inskeep of NPR interview Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, at the Republican National Convention.  Inskeep asked Falwell about his support for Donald Trump, especially considering Trump’s personal life.  Falwell responded, “Well, I think Jesus said we’re all sinners. When they ask that question, I always talk about the story of the woman at the well who had had five husbands and she was living with somebody she wasn’t married to, and they wanted to stone her. And Jesus said he who is without sin cast the first stone. I just see how Donald Trump treats other people, and I’m impressed by that.”

The problem with Falwell’s response is he has confused John chapter 4 with John chapter 8.  The people did not want to stone the woman at the well, they actually believed her message.  Jesus did not offer forgiveness carte blanche to individuals; He offered forgiveness to the humble and contrite but He gave the law to the proud and self-righteous (note His interaction with the Pharisees).

Next, Inskeep referred to Lesley Stahl’s recent interview where she said to Trump, “You’re not known to be a humble man” and Trump interrupted, “I think I am, actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.”  It seems that claiming to be humble is actually an oxymoron.  Falwell responded, “I’ve never seen any arrogance (in Trump).”  How can he say this?  Trump’s entire persona is based on arrogance.  King Solomon warned,

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling.  (Proverbs 16:18)

Jim Collins’ research in Good to Great reveals that the most effective leadership is a paradoxical blend of humility and tenacity.

Inskeep then asked, “If you think that he’s truthful, and here’s why I ask that. I know that many people find him attractive because they feel he speaks the truth. But he also makes contradictory statements that can’t both be true. And he even wrote in one of his books that he engages in what he called truthful hyperbole, basically exaggerating, saying things that aren’t true for a purpose. Do you think he’s a truthful person? Is Trump truthful?”   Falwell responded, “Yes,” even though Inskeep pointed out by Trump’s own admission that he is not always truthful.  Falwell responded, “But I – but I just – I just know you don’t get where he is in life by not telling the truth or by being dishonest in business and by treating your employees unfairly. And it’s just not possible.”  Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who are successful financially who have not told the truth.

There was a time when character was a sine qua non for leadership – character now seems secondary to expediency.  David Wells prescient warning written over twenty years ago in  No Place for Truth: or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?  unfortunately is being realized.  Evangelicals in their quest for cultural relevance have been co-opted by the some of the worst aspects of the secular culture.  Evangelicals have sacrificed theology for expediency and are looking more to man rather than to God.

People are following an individual who eschews the Bible’s clear teaching.  For example,  Trump writes, “You can’t be too greedy” (The Art of the Deal, p. 48).   What does the Bible say about greed?  The tenth commandment condemns coveting, which is greed (Exodus 20:17). Jesus said,

“Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.”  (Luke 12:15)

Jesus denounced greed in the parable of the rich fool.  The Apostle Paul points out that greed is idolatry,

Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.  (Colossians 3:5)

How does the party that purports to promote family values favor an individual who has been married three times and is a casino and real estate mogul who has made his money from gambling, a moral vice that oppresses the poorest and most desperate. When his casinos fail, he can file bankruptcy and move on leaving behind the lives and families destroyed by the casino industry.

Alexis de Tocqueville is reported to have said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”  May we realize that we as a nation will reap what we sow.

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

Complacency in the Cockpit

complacencyWhen I was in the flight squadron every month we would receive a magazine entitled  Approach.  This magazine highlighted airplane accidents so that we could learn from the mistakes of others and not make the same error.  A common theme came through many of the stories – complacency in the cockpit.  When things are going well we have a tendency to let down our guard and we must be aware that trouble can strike at anytime.  King Solomon warned of the tragic consequences of complacency in his book of Proverbs,

For the waywardness of the naive will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them.  (Proverbs 1:32)

The Apostle Paul likewise warned the church at Corinth of the dangers of complacency,

Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.  (1 Corinthians 10:12)

My heart was broken this past week as I heard of a gifted church leader who stepped down, not because of a competency issue, but a character issue.  Character issues are often out of sight, below the waterline like an iceberg.  The Titanic is an illustration of a failure of character.  Bill Thrall and Bruce McNicol in The Ascent of a Leader reveal the crisis of character that led to the ill-fated voyage of the Titanic.  Thinking that his ship was invincible Captain E. J. Smith was going too fast through iceberg infested waters hoping to arrive early at his destination.  What was his motivation?

Less than one year earlier, the aging captain had tarnished his excellent record in an embarrassing collision with the HMS Hawke. Soon thereafter, he had damaged his newly repaired ship again by sailing it over a submerged wreck. After patching up the broken propeller blade, the captain had determined to patch up his reputation to quell rumors of his deteriorating capacities. This voyage was to have done just that.

When the captain began this journey, he set a course. He set the speed. He alone was responsible for the safety of the ship and its passengers. But the course he set took his ship into peril, even though he had been warned of the danger. And the speed he set ultimately determined their fate. Although policy clearly dictated “moderate speed and maximum comfort,” the captain had treated his new charge like a sports car on a road with no speed limits. He had thought that arriving ahead of schedule would be just the trick to remove the stain from his reputation. During the most dangerous part of the journey, the confident captain had left his third-in-command on the bridge while he boasted to his dinner guests how the ship could be cut into three sections and each would float. He believed the ship to be unsinkable.

Often it’s what we don’t see on the surface that can bring us down: the deeper issues of life that affect who we are and all we do. Like Captain Smith, we may become forgetful of those deeper issues and dangers when we set out to accomplish a goal or achieve a better reputation—at least until those issues stare us in the face—but by then, it may be too late to avoid the consequences.

Many leaders never come face-to-face with an iceberg. Instead, they set sail intending to make a name for themselves or accomplish something significant, only to find they have drifted off course, sometimes imperceptibly. Leaders and their followers can become lost, adrift in a sea where every course correction seems urgent and important yet never steers them where they need to go. Sometimes the deeper issues of a leader’s life can have the same effect on her organization as removing the rudder from a ship: the leader and the organization may move very fast on the surface, but in no particular direction. It is amazing how such drifting can be covered up by focusing on numbers, reorganizing reporting structures, and creating new programs. Ignoring underlying issues to look good on the surface begins early, through even the most trivial circumstances.  (The Ascent of a Leader, pp. 7-9)

We have a tendency to become complacent in the area that we least expect.  Oswald Chambers makes this insight,

Do not try to predict where the temptation will come; it is the least likely thing that is the real danger. It is in the aftermath of a great spiritual event that the least likely things begin to have an effect. They may not be forceful and dominant, but they are there. And if you are not careful to be forewarned, they will trip you. You have remained true to God under great and intense trials— now beware of the undercurrent. Do not be abnormally examining your inner self, looking forward with dread, but stay alert; keep your memory sharp before God. Unguarded strength is actually a double weakness, because that is where the least likely temptations will be effective in sapping strength. The Bible characters stumbled over their strong points, never their weak ones.  (My Utmost for His Highest, April 19)

We must take heed and be on the alert; however, we need not be fearful.  After Paul’s warning he points out God’s faithfulness by providing the way of escape so that you can endure the challenge,

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

A Punderful Game

punI recently enjoyed a wonderful evening playing Punderdome with some family members.  The game is fairly straightforward.  You start with a pun question as a warm-up and the first person who provides an answer receives an extra 30 seconds.  You are then given two seemingly unrelated topics and you have ninety seconds to create a pun incorporating both topics.  For example, my twelve year old granddaughter had the topics:  astrology and sewing.  This was her answer, “The fortune teller needed to mend her ways” (she has been hanging around me too long).

pun 2This is a fun game with plenty of laughs but it is not easy.  You need to focus on the topics and it will challenge you to be creative in your response.  I see the demanding nature of this game as a good way to get us out of our comfort zone and make us think.  As I was playing the game there were times when I was like the person who lost his dictionary – I was at a loss for words.  Some people may think this game is sheer pun-ishment but it is really puns of fun.

This game will especially appeal to you who are wordsmiths and it is not just a phrase you may going through.  As you seek to create puns from two disparate topics you will find it two meaningful for words.  Pundits and novices can both enjoy this game.  At times it may seem like you’re doing a theatrical performance on puns, but this is really just a play on words.  If you’re looking for a fun family game that is educational and challenging then you will enjoy Punderdome.  (I received this game for free from the publisher for this review).

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

Where is your treasure?

treasureIf someone watched you for several days what would that person conclude about your life?  That which you most treasure reveals the condition of your heart.  In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said to His disciples,

for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  (Matthew 6:21)

Jesus is teaching a profound truth in this verse.  We often believe that if we simply follow our hearts then we will be on the right track.  Jesus however, points out the powerful influence of that which we treasure.  Your treasure reveals the true nature of your heart.

Although people often emphasize the need to follow one’s heart.  We must realize that sin has permeated every aspect of our being,

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?  (Jeremiah 17:9)

You can however, be encouraged that God can give you a new our heart that is responsive to Him.

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  (Ezekiel 36:26)

As our hearts are trained and guided by God then we have a heart that seeks to do His will,

Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.  (Psalm 37:4)

God’s desire is that we follow after Him and theologians refer to this process of change as sanctification.  Many people believe that we can’t control our heart and our desires, they believe that our lives are controlled by these immutable affections.  Jesus however, teaches that the heart follows that which you treasure.  You can choose your treasure and your heart follows that which you value.

Consider the implications of this truth for you life.  You do not need to be enslaved by your innate, seemingly intransigent desires, but you have the opportunity to invest  your life in godliness.  So where is your treasure?  Perhaps we should ask, “What would your spouse or a close friend say is your treasure?”

God has not left you at the mercy of your desires. He offers you hope in reminding you that your desires can be trained.  If everything you value is here on earth, then you have little interest in eternity; conversely if your treasure is in heaven (where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal), then you can hold lightly to the things of this world.  How do you know you’re investing in eternity?  Your treasure will be reflected in that which lasts forever:  God, His word, and people.

Invest your life in eternity, the dividends are out of this world!

Whom have I in heaven but You?  And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.  (Psalm 73:25)

 RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

Who are you becoming?

transformedWhat comes to your mind when you think of idols?  An idol may be defined as an object of admiration, adoration, or devotion.  An idol is anything that comes between you and God.  The Bible is filled with numerous warnings against idols and the practice of idolatry.  Idols lead us away from God and cause us to settle for less than God’s best.

The danger of idols is even more pervasive than we realize and the Psalms specifically identify that danger.  Psalms 115 and 135 are classified as Psalms of praise and they contain a number of similarities.  Both of these Psalms extol the majesty and greatness of God in contrast with the emptiness of idols. The Psalmist describes the deficiencies and dangers of idols and then delivers this somber warning,

Those who make them will become like them, everyone who trusts in them.  (Psalm 115:8)

Those who make them will be like them, Yes, everyone who trusts in them.  (Psalm 135:18)

This is a sobering truth – the degree to which I spend time with my idol and place my trust in my idol then I will become like the idol.  The Hebrew word for trust is בָּטַח bâṭach, and it means to hide for refuge, and figuratively it refers to trust in or to place one’s confidence in.  What are some idols people have today?   The list seems endless:  financial security, other people, self, popularity, pleasure, status, possessions (take a look at how some people worship their smart phone) – an idol is anything you place above God.  As you consider the statement from the Psalmist, “Those who make them will be like them” take a look at this picture,

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In light of this picture, I’m hesitant to show you my dog.  We are the product of our thoughts and actions.  Solomon echos this truth,

For as he thinks within himself, so he is . . . (Proverbs 23:7a)

We see that we are the product of our affections – either for good or for bad.  Where are your affections?  The Apostle John warns us,

Little children, guard yourselves from idols.  (1 John 5:21)

How then can I be transformed for good?  The Apostle Paul encourages us to set our minds on that which edifies,

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  (Philippians 4:8)

God’s word is able to change you from the inside out.  May our lives reflect God’s  transforming work in our lives.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Romans 12:2)

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

 

 

 

 

From Dirty Sheep to Royal Family

I want to give a special welcome to Claire Rhoads who has written today’s blog post.  Claire and I will be working together on this blog to share thoughts from the heart to encourage your heart.  Take a look at the About Us page to learn more about Claire.  Enjoy!

Sheep 

Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

One of the things that amazes me about the Bible is that sometimes, there is a whole universe in one single verse. This is the case with Luke 12:32 – it’s juicy. We learn really important things not just about us, but about God and his character and how he relates to us. It’s an encouraging game changer!

Let’s unpack….

 “Fear not…”

There is a reason that Jesus is telling people not to be afraid. Life was scary for God’s people back then and now! At that time, Jesus’ followers could face some serious business – threats to their livelihood, their relationships – even death – for believing in him. Today, many of us face other fears – am I good enough? Will I have enough money to take care of my family? Are my kids going to go off the deep end? Will I ever be happy in my marriage? Is my job good enough? What if I don’t make a good name for myself?

“…little flock…”

Have you ever seen sheep? I mean… real sheep? If you live down here in the Charleston area, make a visit to Middleton Plantation and check out the flock of sheep that roams the grounds. Hello…they are really gross. It’s not really a compliment when Jesus calls us believers “little flock”. Real sheep have a reputation – they are dim-witted, they are dirty, they roam and get lost and need constant supervision and protection. They are weak and vulnerable to attack. We are these sheep.

Sometimes it’s hard to admit it, but we, too, are dirty with sin, are prone to wander and we are weak without God. But the wonderful counter-truth to this is that Jesus calls himself our Shepherd. Can you hear the affection in his voice as he says “little flock” – we are his little flock! In Psalm 23, David describes God as his shepherd, and that his “rod and staff, they comfort me.” This is comforting indeed.

“…for it is your Father’s”

So far in this verse, Jesus has described God (ie- himself) as our shepherd. Now he uses a new identity – Father. Depending on who you are reading this, this description may bring joyful memories and nostalgia or painful, negative feelings. We all have different experiences with our earthly fathers. But imagine a father that loves his child so much that he would do anything to rescue him and bless him. A father that teaches and molds his kids but forgives them and is always there for them. If you want a better picture of a father, go ahead and read the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32. God is this wonderful, intimate, loving father to us.

“…good pleasure to give you the Kingdom”

Here we hear a third description of God – he is The King. When I say The King, I don’t mean of a province or country, I mean of EVERYTHING. He is a sovereign, all-powerful king who is in control of everything. But did you know that this also tells us something about ourselves? If we are sons and daughters of God, and he is a king, that technically makes us…princes and princesses. There you go – your Disney fantasies have been actualized.

Do you ever think about how rich God is? It sounds awkward to say, but he is loaded. Everything in the world is God’s. He has infinite riches, both material and immaterial. And the comforting, amazing thing that we learn here is that even though God is all-powerful and “large and in charge”, he enjoys sharing his wealth with his children. It brings him great pleasure.

As Christians, we don’t have to worry about earthly wealth, because our Father in heaven is a rich king who loves to take care of us. Now, this doesn’t mean God is going to make you rich in this earthly life – be careful there. It means he has so many wonderful blessings to bestow (material and non-material) and we will see the full extent of that in heaven with him someday when we “inherit his kingdom”.

So there we have it – a whole theology in a tiny verse:

Even though we are weak, dirty sheep, we don’t have to be afraid of finances or death or anything, because God is our good shepherd and because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are now sons and daughters of The King of Kings, who loves us and will share every good thing with us for eternity. We don’t have to cling to earthly treasures that moth and thief destroy because our treasure is in heaven.

Hallelujah!

Note:

When you study the bible, it’s important to ask a couple questions:

  • What is the context of this verse? What is happening before and after it?
  • What does this teach me about me and other humans?
  • What does this passage teach me about God?
  • What should I do – how do I apply it to my life?

Are You Concerned By World Events?

Psalm-2-8A cursory glance of the headlines can be fairly discouraging.  There seems to be no shortage of bad news:  the threat of global terrorism, economic insecurity, and corruption and unrest in our cities to name a few.  Most recently the Brexit decision has reverberated around global markets with a staggering loss of $2.08 trillion in global shares.  A trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is a number that is difficult to comprehend so consider the following analogy:

A million seconds is 12 days.
A billion seconds is 31 years.
A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.

You may wonder “What’s going on?”  The sad reality is that we live in a fallen world that has been tainted by sin.  Although we experience the deleterious effects of sin every day we must realize that God knows and He cares.  The Psalmist gives us a helpful perspective as he views the godless nations around him,

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  (Psalm 2:1-3)

We live in a world in which many people do want to live under the authority of the Lord’s Anointed – the Messiah.  The result is that people seek do what is right in their own eyes – they have lost their moral compass.  This however, does not take God by surprise,

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
“But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”   (Psalm 2:4-6)

You must realize that God has a solution before we even know we have a problem.  The Psalmist is speaking proleptically alluding to the coming Messiah – the Lord Jesus Christ.  The Anointed has been appointed and now we hear from Him as He speaks in the next section of this Psalm,

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You.
‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”  (Psalm 2:7-9)

 In light of this truth, how should we respond?  The Psalmist gives this perspective,

Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!  (Psalm 2:10-12)

You can live confidently knowing that although we live an uncertain world, we have a trustworthy God who can provide a certain future for you.

If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.  (John 14:3)

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

Born For This

Born for ThisBorn For This by Chris Guillebeau addresses the question, “How can I find the work I was born to do?”  The model he presents is similar to Jim Collins “Hedgehog Concept” in finding the intersection of joy, money, and flow:

Born for This JMF

He points out that finding your purpose is not simply following your passion, but rather it’s a wholistic approach.  “That’s why our goal here isn’t just happiness:  it’s to find the thing you were born to do” (p. 15).

This book is filled with practical advice helping you to identify what enables you to experience joy, money, and flow and achieve a meaningful intersection of those areas in your life.  There are numerous examples of individuals who created a life of purpose that is both enjoyable and provides a meaningful income.

If you’re feeling stuck in your current role or looking for a new direction, then you may find this book a helpful resource.  For additional information you may want to explore the website: bornforthisbook.com .  The website contains a helpful self-assessment to give you a starting point for determining your work style, organizational structure, workplace atmosphere and pace, and means of motivation.   (I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review).

RickAssociate Pastor – Discipleship.  The Church at LifePark

Professor of Discipleship, Columbia International University

Follow me on twitter:  rickhiggins5

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