UPDATE: A winner of the September Amazon Gift Card has been emailed. Congrats, Jen @eighty mph mom!
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.”
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.