Saturday, December 31, 2016

Whole-Hearted Devotion

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men."  Colossians 3:23

Experts spend a lot of time trying to figure out what makes people successful. They often look at people's credentials, intelligence, education, and other factors. But more than anything else, passion is what makes the difference.
Take a look at four truths about passion and what it can do for you as a leader:
  1. Passion is the first step to achievement - Your desire determines your destiny.   The stronger your fire, the greater the desire and the greater the potential.
  2. Passion increases your willpower - There is no substitute for passion. It is fuel for the will. If you want anything badly enough, you can find the willpower to achieve it.
  3. Passion changes you - If you follow your passion, instead of others' perceptions,  you can't help but become a more dedicated, productive person. In the end, your passion will have more influence than your personality.
  4. Passion makes the impossible possible - Human beings are so made that whenever anything fires their soul, impossibilities vanish.
A fire in the heart lifts everything in your life. A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and no passion.

Excerpt from The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

C. S. Lewis once said, "The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."

Tomorrow is January 1 2017.  We begin a New Year.  No better place to begin the morning of a New Year than in the LORD's House.  Join us at Gastonia First Wesleyan Church at 11:00am for our new teaching series.  See you there.  I promise - I plan to preach with passion! I plan to begin the New Year with passion!  

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