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Does God give us the desires of our hearts? Will He give us the things we want? How can we know if something we want is from God or not? This post explores how we should manage our desires.
In the previous blog series, we learned one of the ways we overcome insecurities and harmful mindsets is by faith.
We have heard that faith plays an important role in life. But, if faith can help us, how much of it do we need?
Does faith really move mountains?
What does that kind of faith even look like?
Have you ever noticed that when you try to do almost anything, you start running into one road block or dead end after another?
When that happens, do you start wondering if what you want to do is meant to be? Is it even possible to get where you want to go?
Sometimes, things are much harder than we expect them to be. In fact, it can be so difficult that something we were once passionate about starts to look like a bad idea.
As you travel through life's desert, the path you are on will, at some point, be blocked or appear to end. Each time this happens, you will have to choose another way. Which path will take you where you want to go? Which road will lead you closer to your destination?
As we study the paths, one way seems so right it can't be wrong. It's the path we choose when we've done all we can and don't know what else to do.
It's called the Path of Least Resistance.
And though it often looks like the only choice, is it really the right one?
Are you doing what it takes to succeed? So many people underestimate how much is required when they set out to do anything at a high level. This post discusses the definitions of worldly and Godly success, setting goals, and being honest with yourself about your will to succeed.
A long time ago, I wanted to be successful. Back then, that meant climbing the corporate ladder and making a lot of money. It meant getting respect from people because of a title underneath my name and being well-liked because of my accomplishments.
But then came my walk in the desert—life’s desert. Much like a real one, life’s desert is a place of trial and testing, and of survival. It’s a place where money has no value and where things that were once taken for granted now come at a premium. It’s a place that challenges you to keep moving forward when you aren’t sure where you’re going or if you’ll make it out alive.
Among the many lessons I’ve learned here, the desert has taught me a thing or two about success. Above all, it has taught me to redefine it. Today, my success has less to do with how well I appear to be doing on the outside, and much more about who I am on the inside. I’ve also learned another critical lesson—something I overlooked for years—that may very well have been the reason I struggled for so long.
I wasn’t always willing to do what it takes.