What Determines Your Destiny?

“If you want to leave your best legacy, write it yourself. Focus on who are you more than what you do. Care less about what the world thinks of you than what you can do for the world. Be your best self and leave the results to God.” –Dr. Jim Denison

I love the quote above for so many reasons. It’s from Jim Denison’s Daily Article this morning in his tribute to Ross Perot, who passed away yesterday. It’s made me especially mindful this day about my own legacy and to live my best life; to focus less on what I do and more on who I am. More importantly, *whose* I am— who I belong to, who I’m truly living for and why, tells me who I am.

As my husband always says, “Who you are is more important than what you do, because who you are will determine what you do.” Knowing who I belong to defines who I am, and determines my destiny.

When you know that you belong to God through a relationship with his Son, Jesus Christ, it changes everything. Our true identity, our self-worth, our worldview and our work are only rightly defined according to God’s truth. When we understand and apply his truths to our life the desires of our heart will begin to beat in tune with his— motivating us to follow his way, resulting in living the best life, the abundant life (John 10:10)…the life that he designed.

When our life belongs to God, our heart and mind begin to be transformed to think and act differently as we apply his truth (the Bible) to our everyday life. Motivated by God’s “agape” love and controlled by his Spirit we then gain the right perspective and motivation for our life— becoming more *self-forgetful* (caring less about our own ambitions, what we look like to others, or being known by others) and becoming more *other-focused* with both mind and heart thoughtful about what we can do to genuinely serve and help others— without expectation, without congratulation or acclaim.

When we’re in tune with God— living for him by following Jesus, we become more tuned out to the the “look at me” culture and more tuned in to the ways and rhythms of the life he created for us to live. The good life. The best life.

Consider the life you’re living and who you’re living it for.

I love y’all!

xo –P