“My heart grew hot within me…and as I meditated, the fire burned.” Ps 39:3 NIV
When God gives you a vision for your life, it’ll burn within you like a fire that can’t be extinguished. The Psalmist said, “My heart grew hot within me…and as I meditated, the fire burned.” So, what lights your fire? What burns “hot” within you? When God calls you to do something, He creates within you both the desire to do it and the power to carry it out. Though you feel inadequate and unqualified, stand on His Word: “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Php 2:13 NLT). Mahatma Gandhi had a vision of a free and independent India at a time when it was governed by the British. Henry Ford had a vision of every family in America owning an automobile at a time when people were frightened of his new invention. Daniel K. Ludwig had a vision of a self-supporting industrial region in the heart of the Brazilian jungle at a time when there was no industry, no electricity, and no city of any kind for hundreds of miles. Where do such creative desires come from? God, Who is our Creator! And when God gives you an 11-by-17 mindset, you’ll never be happy living in a 3-by-5 mental framework. Are there times when you’ll feel afraid and uncertain about what to do? Yes! Fear and faith are two sides of the same coin, and they’ll always be part of your thinking. But the one you choose is the one that’ll determine your future–and you get to choose!