Producing Ability and Desire


Imagine the frustration if you had a great desire to play professional basketball like Jeremy Lin, but did not have any ability.  On the other hand, suppose you had his ability, but never really wanted to put forth the effort.  What a waste that would be!  You would miss out on being really great at something; and the world would be worse off because you did not show up!

Greatness requires both ability AND willingness.

Paul in Phillipians 2:13 reminds us that…

it is God who produces in you not only the willingness but also the ability to do the things that please Him.

Jesus reminds us:  “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature.”

God wants our joy in life to be full.  He says He came that we would have life to the fullest.  I experience joy when I am living out my purpose,  when I am living out who I am created to be.

Remember, God produces both in us-the desire and the ability to do the things that please Him so we can live life to the fullest!

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About Steve Morgan

I work in Global Leadership Development with Cru with my wife, Terry. We have been married 30 years and have 4 grown children. We have a Masters in Global Leadership together through Azusa Pacific University. I generally write about 5 “L’s: Living Well, Loving Deeply, Learning Continuously, Leading Courageously and Leaving a Legacy. I occasionally write about Laughing Loudly. Subscribe on the right side to receive an email whenever there is a new post. I invite you to leave your comments so we can dialogue on the various topics and learn from each other. If you are new to the site, you might start with looking at some of the top posts or doing a search on the right side bar for one of the 5 “L’s” that interest you. Or you can view the blog archives for topics. Photo Credit: sarahjoellephotography.com
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