The Columns – February 2016


The power of a truly inspired life is impossible to calculate. Practically every person can name one person who influenced and impacted his or her life in a powerful way. Someone who was passionate about achieving a particular goal or cause has made every major accomplishment in history. Each of these persons possessed a burning desire.

What is your burning desire? What do you really want out of life? Just wanting things and dreaming about them is not enough. There is a world of difference between wishing and having a burning desire. You can have what you want in life provided that you desire it strongly enough and are willing to seek it with all your heart.

When you get a burning desire to do something or to be something, you begin to discover one of life’s greatest adventures. One of the things that you will discover is that you will enjoy the journey as much as reaching the summit of your goals. When you have a burning desire, you will be inspired to go the extra mile.

A burning desire, a magnificent obsession will enable you to persevere and not give up. When you burn your bridges behind you and have absolutely no way to retreat, God will go before you, as he did the children of Israel, and make a way when there seems to be absolutely no way. Nothing is impossible if you develop a burning desire in order to realize your dream. Throw yourself totally into whatever you do. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from doing what God has called you to do or be. That God-given burning desire will get you where you want to go in life.

A burning desire will compensate for little or limited talent. Ask yourself, “How badly do I really want it?” A burning desire is the ingredient that makes the difference between an average performer and a true winner or champion in life. A burning desire is often called heart of passion. One person with a burning desire is greater than a hundred who only have a casual interest in something. Research has shown that aptitude and ability are not necessarily the prime ingredients of outstanding achievement. The one quality that all successful persons have in common is passion. It is their drive, determination and the desire that distinguished them from the crowd.

When you get to the end of your life and look back over it you truly will affirm the climb meant every bit as much as reaching the summit. Life can either be very dull and boring or it can be a passionate journey that is full of inspiration and truly makes an impact on our world. It is my simple prayer that God will raise up inspired men and women who can transform our world by transforming our community.

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