Experiencing pure joy in your life

Renee Ann Smith —  October 4, 2011 — 5 Comments

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Today was a dark, rainy, too long, depressing, very bad day. Fortunately, I picked up a little book, The Fulfillment Principle, that proved to be a great encouragement. Soak in these words from author/speaker Bob Westfall . . .

“There’s something you want, we all want. In fact, our hearts ache for it. Some of us realize it sooner than others. Unfortunately, some of us never realize it at all.

It’s joy. It’s fulfillment.

It’s pleasure and contentment and peace—an unending spring of living water—that runs deep within our very being. Do you have it?

Books have been written about going from ‘good to great’ and from ‘success to significance.’ But this little book is different. It’s intentionally written not to give you a temporary high or take you on a mountaintop experience, only to let you fall back to reality again, unchanged, trying in your flesh to cling to the concepts of some manual.

The 100-proof fulfillment principle conveyed through the stories and scriptures in this book is bulletproof. Fears arise, uncertainty looms, storms hit, but the joy is there, inside you—a rock that can’t be rolled, a fire that can’t be quenched, a contentment that can’t be contaminated.”

Parable of the Talents

So what’s the secret Bob shares in the book? You can find it in the Parable of the Talents, especially Matthew 25:21, where Jesus says, “Well, done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your Master.”

Each story and example focuses on identifying what talents—what treasures, abilities, passions or skills—the Lord has given us and then making an all-out effort to invest them for His kingdom. Bob says the ROT or “return on talent” God promises is JOY! He shares a quote from Erma Bombeck that sums up what our goal should be . . .

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything You gave me.'”

Need some encouragement today? Pick up your copy of The Fulfillment Principle at this link. Believe me, it would make a great gift for a man or a woman. Since I love gift baskets, I can imagine filling a basket with Almond Joys and other goodies and topping it off with this book. And, hey, Christmas is coming, so I could also add ornaments that say JOY or a cd of Joy to the World . . . I could go on and on!

***Thanks to The B & B Media Group for providing a copy for me to review.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

5 responses to Experiencing pure joy in your life

  1. I’m sorry it wasn’t a good day for you today, I kind of know what you’re feeling. It’s been raining nonstop since Friday! I’m looking forward to the sunny days again and hope the sun shines on you tomorrow. 🙂


  2. I am sorry also that your day was so hard. I love the sound of this book though. It seems to be pretty amazing.

  3. This book sounds really good. My pastor has been preaching on joy lately – telling us the difference between real joy and just happiness over a circumstance. I like the idea of using up all our talents. I’ve never heard it put that way before, but it gets you to thinking.

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