Anyone who has considered taking a leap of faith to pursue their destiny, has first evaluated the cost. That is, they have weighed the pros and cons, and determined that the hard-work, is worth it.
In my recent e-book, “The Audacity of Me: Cultivating a Faith to Pursue My Destiny,” I gave readers fair warning of the hard-work that it will take to pursue your destiny. The work will include some late-night hours, sacrifice, and consistent effort to bring to life the vision that is nestled deeply in your heart.
Most people know very well that the pursuit of any dream takes hard-work and this fact alone keeps many from lacing up their shoes and getting in the game.
Others plow ahead, fully aware of the sacrifice that lies before them.
The later describes me. I have often said, “Hard-work doesn’t scare me!” So, I embarked on my destiny journey equipped with a mind-set that gave me endurance. While I fully embraced the requirement of hard-work, I learned of an additional necessity – the heart work.
The heart work, you ask?
Yes, the heart work.
You see, in pursuing your destiny, the labor of creating plans, sticking to them, and honoring God with your talents is only half of the story. The other half is the work of developing your heart.
To enjoy the full benefit package of God’s blessings in pursuing our dream, we must be willing to invest in our spiritual growth.
God expects us to invest time in cultivating a deeper relationship with him – fasting, praying, sacrificing, giving, growing in obedience, and willingness to say “YES.”
This is the heart work.
It is the heart work that creates an intimacy with God that informs the direction of your hard-work, lest you toil in vain.
It is the heart work that prepares you for the next level that God is elevating you, lest you fall from grace.
It is the heart work that creates a pure heart to do the work of the Lord, lest you seek vain glory.
It is one thing to be prepared for the hard-work, but it is paramount that we also be prepared for the heart work.
In developing your heart, God will allow you to be tried and tested. If you fail, not to worry, our God offers do-overs. But don’t miss the opportunity to grow closer to God by openly sharing your feelings about your failures, repent for your misstep, and ask God for a re-test.
This is the heart work.
If you have said ‘yes’ to God – you are willing to do the hard-work to become who he designed you to be, then ask yourself one more question. “Am I ready to do the heart work?”
Preparation for the hard-work without acceptance of the need for the heart work, could set us up for failure.
We must be just as diligent in the heart work as we are in the hard-work.
The heart work starts with a commitment to sit at the feet of the Heavenly Father and listen – to engage in nearly constant dialogue about your direction, your decisions, and your feelings.
Approaching God in this way will create opportunities for God to speak to you, mold and counsel you. These intentional efforts will open the door for the heart work to commence.
Don’t spin your wheels while getting no where fast. That is wasted effort. Pull up your sleeves and commit to intimately connecting to God. Do the heart work so that God can put a blessing on your hard-work.
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