Sometimes Christians act as if God is stingy and tight when it comes to releasing his blessings upon us. Nothing could be further from the truth. We must always begin every day by saying, “God wants to bless me today.” When we see God wanting to bless us, we release his flow into our lives.

As a matter of fact, he cannot wait to bless us as this is the joy of every parent. God says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:2 NIV). However, he does not release his choicest blessing into the hands of people that are lackadaisical, apathetic, and unaccountable.

God will fan the flames of our desire to do the extraordinary. The difference between desire and a burning desire is the intensity of the flame of our passion. Our desire speaks to our capacity and our capacity speaks to our thirst — the greater the thirst, the greater the capacity. God releases his resources into our lives based on our thirst. As passion increases, so does our capacity. A burning thirst will always lead to a change of behavior. Thirsty people are desperate people. How big is your “want to”?

I once heard a simple story concerning passion: Two farmers were sitting on a porch in rocking chairs. The first farmer had an old hound dog lying at his feet. Every so often, his dog would release a long, painful moan because it was lying on a sharp nail. The second farmer said, “Why don’t you move your dog off of that sharp nail? Can’t you see that she is in pain?” The first farmer said, “When she gets tired of lying on that nail, she will move.”

Passion gives us the necessary motivation to stop complaining and do something about our situation. When we get tired of lying on our nail, we will move, too.

(Above excerpt taken from my book, An Invitation to the Extraordinary.)