“The key is finding the sweet spot where gifts and desires overlap. God-given gifts are what we’re best at. God-ordained desires are what we’re most passionate about. And the place where those gifts and desires overlap is the sweet spot.”- Mark Batterson
“The Christian shoemaker does his duty not by putting little crosses on shoes, but by making good shoes, because God is interested in good craftsmanship.”- Martin Luther
Mark Batterson continues Chapter 6 of Whisper as he talks about the connection between passions and talents. Pastor Batterson states that, in Romans 12:6-8, the apostle Paul encouraged us to use our God-given gifts (talents) in the pursuit of God-given desires (passions). In addition, Paul defined three traits of Christ-followers: generosity, diligence, and cheerfulness.
When you define the word diligence, Mark observes, it’s easy to overlook one nuance. Diligence, he states, includes delighting in what you do. And doing that transforms everything into an act of worship.
In addition, Pastor Batterson states, emotions fall into two basic categories: negative and positive. Negative emotions, such as fear, keep us out of trouble – vital to survival. On the other hand, positive emotions, such as hope, enable us to thrive – getting us out of trouble.
Most noteworthy, the author considers emotions a facet of God’s image – and thus, a gift from God. Obviously, we need to sanctify and steward that gift.
In conclusion, Mark lists three basic emotions that help us discern the voice of God – mad, sad, and glad. Emotions, he notes, make a great backseat driver if we’re delighting ourselves in the Lord. This delight channels our emotions in the right direction and fine tunes them. God speaks to you through your emotions. Without them, evil goes unchecked.
Today’s question: What helps you identify your sweet spot? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Selfish ambition or godly ambition?”