Book: Proverbs 03
“Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding.”
One of the areas I work with leaders on is helping them to have a clear understanding of the activities that bring them joy through their work. These are the things that even if they were not paid to do they would still do. It is the things that wake them up in the morning from excitement and keep them up at night dreaming of possibilities. As they identify what brings them joy and they start to spend more time in those areas, they see significant positive outcomes in their work and ministry. The desires of their heart start to be fulfilled.
Psalm 37:4 says “Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” As we enjoy the Lord, the gifts He has given, and the passions He has put on our heart, He provides the fulfillment of our desires because He has put them there. This is the way He has chosen to allow us to partner with Him in fulfilling His great plan. One of the ways we can identify if we are doing what He wants us to be doing is by asking the question, “Do I have the joy of the Lord?” If I do not it may be that I am not spending time with the Lord, not using the gifts God has given me, not following the passion He has put on my heart or trying to do it on my own strength.
Living a joyful life does not mean that everything is easy, without difficulties and trials. It is a life of walking closely with the Lord, and receiving the joy that comes from hearing Him, experiencing Him and doing what He has assigned with the gifts He has provided. It is a relationship with Him that when the tough times come, which they do, He hears our heart cries as it is His heart cry and provides. Psalm 145:19 says “He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them.”
What brings you great joy in your work or ministry? How have you seen the desires of your heart granted by God? If you would like to receive some coaching in this area, I would encourage you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment. Many of the people we have coached have said that this has been the missing piece for moving forward.