Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
Creating Caring Communities That Transform Lives
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Monday, November 01, 2010 @ 4:45:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

Have you ever articulated your heart's desires? Are they in writing? Years ago a study showed that the most common characteristic among Fortune 500 CEO's was that almost all had clear goals that were in writing. For years I have been regularly refining my heart's desires in writing, as I gain more spiritual insight.

My broad desires, "living in His presence, resting in His provision, and demonstrating His Kingdom," provide the framework for more specific heart desires. I believe that understanding the desires of my heart is a key part of knowing who I am and what I was created by God to do in this life. If I can clearly identify my desires and then begin to see where my desires and God's desires for me are one and the same, then I am encouraged that He is working in me to achieve them.

To encourage you to begin thinking about how to articulate your own heart's desires here are a few specific personal ones I have put on paper:
  • To dedicate my strength, wealth, family, our business and all that I am to transform my immediate sphere of influence and alter the course of world history in such a way that the kingdom of this world increasingly reflects the Kingdom of our God ("on earth as it is in heaven" – Mt. 6:10). This desire can only be accomplished by God.
  • To spend large blocks of time alone with God so that I am living moment by moment out of my relationship with Him and not falling prey to the lie that my performance is what matters the most.
  • To be naturally supernatural and an atmosphere changer by bringing the spiritual realm into my daily activities.
  • To read, study, pray, write and speak with a focus on motivating others to desire to see "His kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven" (Mt. 6:10).
  • To see all our children and grandchildren walking in a deep relationship with God. Kaylinn and I declare often: "But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord" (Joshua 24:15b).
  • To "Create Caring Communities that Transform Lives." God has created me with the desire for healthy relationships inside community.
What are your heart's desires? Have you ever articulated them in writing? I would encourage you to spend time in prayer and then begin writing out your heart's desires. Once you have a list then spend time communing with God and asking him to illuminate which ones are His desires for you. You may be surprised to find that the list you created actually reveals that God has planted your heart's desires in you. When times are hard and discouragement is threatening, this revelation will both encourage you and help you to walk forward in faith.

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