Thursday, March 29, 2007

living out your God-given desires

Here's a good paragraph from Wild at Heart, where John Eldredge expands on the Gil Bailie quote I shared in my last post:
If you had permission to do what you really want to do, what would you do? Don't ask how, that will cut your desire off at the knees. How is never the right question; how is a faithless question. It means "unless I can see my way clearly I won't believe it, won't venture forth." When the angel told Zechariah that his ancient wife would bear him a son named John, Zechariah asked how and was struck dumb for it. How is God's department. He is asking you what. What is written in your heart? What makes you come alive? If you could do what you've always wanted to do, what would it be? You see, a man's calling is written on his true heart, and he discovers it when he enters the frontier of his deep desires. To paraphraise the Bailie, don't ask yourself what makes you come alive because what the world needs are men who have come alive. (p.206)

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