I was watching the Golf Channel the other day and they were saying that professionals will hit up to a thousand practice balls almost daily. It is amazing to me the effort that one puts into something they really want. I recently bought a golf cart. I knew because of being in my retirement years I would have to come up with extra cash, either by working a few more hours and/or cut back on some of the other things that I enjoyed on a daily basis. To my surprise I found I achieved what was needed for my golf cart in a fraction of the time I anticipated, because of my desire.
There are several things we can draw from in the previous paragraph. First is desire which is driven by our feelings, or emotional want. Second is intellect, or thinking through the strategy of how our desires will be attained. Third is the will, or determination to get through the tough parts or the sacrifice that comes from attaining something of value.
I am reminded again that in my time with the Lord I’m not just hitting a number of practice balls (the will), or thinking through corrections to my swing (intellect), but looking at the intensity of emotion evidenced in God’s love for me. What He did and is doing for me, claiming the promises He has made me, claiming the identity He has given me; unless this is happening, the Christian life is not a blessing but turns into an effort. Think on God’s love and you will find a blessed and thankful life. There is power in the passion of God’s love for you.
Thank you Father, for the gift of intellect, of will and last but not least, the power of passion!