Deliberate

This past week I was fortunate to work with two senior executives at a large corporation. During one event I heard first hand how one executive knew as a child that they had an interest in money and pursued a career in Finance that gave them experience in multiple disciplines and allowed them to work around the world. I watched through a glass wall as the other executive was finishing up a conference call where as he was making his final points he motioned with his hands (to an audience that couldn’t see him) to emphasize the points he was making. Both are very passionate people.

I wondered how focused or deliberate I’ve been in the life I’ve lived or the work I’ve done over the years. While there were plenty of times I had worked very hard because it was expected of me, I was looking more for those times where I was driven by something on the inside. It seems that was case when it came to music but not so much in the many other jobs I’ve held. I would learn and practice without any prodding and to this day “see the music” whenever I hear it or play it. I keep thinking I was made to be a musician and that I should do something about that.

Enough about vocation. What about the issues of life? My passion for God drives me to read His Word, pray in the Spirit and proclaim His greatness through song, writing and conversation. He’s my “magnificent obsession” as one writer put it. In Him I’ve found life and am gradually understanding what eternal life with Him might be like. Since He is eternal and life on earth is temporal, it’s pretty obvious that there’s much more to know and experience than we can here. So, I’m never bored spending time with Him because He is fascinating. Are you pursuing God?

The greatest commandment God gives us is to love Him with everything we are and to love one another. He expects us to be deliberate in our love. Take that path today.

Luke 10:27
And he answered, “ YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”

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