Do you ever feel ambitious about a goal in life - you know, really ambitious? Do you sometimes wonder why you were made to seek seemingly so much more than others around you (or, at least, it feels that way)? Then you feel guilty about not being satisfied with what you do and what you have - so you wonder whether your ambition is a curse or a gift from God?
If you're me, then the answer is yes. Perhaps you are like me too . .. if so, then read on.
I wonder those things, so that's why I chose to read Finding Your Hearts Desire by R.T. Kendall. Using Biblical insights, Kendall explores why ambition is not a curse, but can be a gift from God. Kendall sums it up best this way: "that we [should] truly become ambitious to seek after the glory that comes from God alone and not from people." The motivation behind the ambition is the thing. Kendall explains that ambition can bad, if we have the wrong motives, for example if we are motivated by greed, or glory of man, or selfish desires. On the flip side though, if we are motivated by expanding God's Kingdom, bringing glory to God and working for His desires, then ambition is a very Godly, and indeed, God-given trait.
If you are an ambitious person (like I am), then I highly recommend this book. I love how Kendall backed up everything he wrote with numerous quotes and character examples from Scripture and then went on to explain the theology behind what he was saying. As Kendall wrote, "the thesis of this book is that we should channel our ambition into one direction: seeking the glory of God and, with that, if possible, getting all of Him we possibly can." Kendall's book was certainly thought provoking and I really enjoyed reading it.
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