What Lights Your Fire?
by Carol McLeod
October 13th, 2016

What is it that “lights your fire”?

What thought is it that awakens you in the morning more vibrantly than does your unwelcome alarm clock? What desire is it that causes you to jump out of bed with purpose and with passion?

What is your final thought in the evening before you drift off into a sleep that is brimming with of the dreams of all that is possible simply because you have been given the gift of life?

What is it that causes you to suck in another breath … to live another day … to move beyond the mundane toward the meaningful?

What is it?!

We have all been created on purpose … with purpose … and for purpose.  Why is it then that so few of us actually live in that sweet spot of God-given purpose?

Why is it that we are content to settle for mediocrity, for half-a-life, for busyness rather than for usefulness?

Why is it that we would rather spin plates recklessly and fruitlessly than serve others from those same plates that are ferociously spinning?

Why is it that we would rather be enmeshed in creature comforts than in taking those comforts that we have been given and sharing them with a world desperate for a mere word of comfort?

Why is it?

As C. S. Lewis so wisely said,

“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it seems that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak.  We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Why is it that we are far too easily pleased?

What is it that only you were made to accomplish in the Kingdom of God?

And while I am at it, let me pose one more question to that desert wasteland of your soul today …

Who are you?!

Who were you created to become?  You see when God first thought of you, He thought of a man or a woman fully alive and wholeheartedly committed to the task that He had set before each one.

God knew that within your human soul, He had placed the answer for discouragement, for fractured relationships and for half-hearted living.

You are God’s answer to a world spinning out of control!

When God first thought of you before the beginning of time, He was intent on helping you to live in your grandest purpose!

Who are you?  Are you living the life that God intended for you to live?


You were made for joy … you were made for peace … and you were made for kindness.

You were made to be an agent of reconciliation who would venture to go where other human beings refused to go. You were specifically created to take the light of Jesus Christ to dark and lonely corridors of the world.

You were made to be a valiant prayer warrior that made hell shake in intimidation and heaven roar with approval.  You were not made to give up, to throw in that infamous towel or to linger around the gates of discouragement.

Your life is a perfect fit for heaven’s power!  You were made to be a vessel of all that God is capable of doing through a human being during your tenure on planet earth.

Live like you were made on purpose because you were!

Live like you were made for more because you were!

Live like God needs you today because He does!

Pray like your prayers get heaven’s attention because they do!

Give like your contribution in eternity matters because it does!

Celebrate like heaven is watching your common life because it is!

Spread joy like you were made of it because you are!

And when you lay your head upon your wrinkled and welcoming pillow tonight, do it with the satisfaction that God has been pleased with the way that you engineered your day … your life … and your purpose.

So many of us wait for that big break in life and stand paralyzed like a deer caught in the headlights until God moves exponentially.

God has moved!  He has given you a rich a glorious life! Every day of your life is a fresh and inviting opportunity to smear the character of God on the world that is longing for just a taste of heaven.

We wait for a baby to be born … for a spouse to enter the picture … for a pay raise … for a vacation in Hawaii … for the earning of a degree … for the winning lottery ticket.

And while you are waiting … Live today like your life matters because it does!


Love the children that you have been given … play games with them … serve dessert on an ordinary day … read an extra bedtime story … giggle an afternoon away … and never stop singing to the miracles that heaven has deposited in your life!

Write your spouse a love letter … snuggle on the couch together … buy flowers for no reason … remember what it was like when you first fell in love … pray for one another without ceasing.

Work diligently at your job even if you hate it!  Ask God to give you wisdom and perseverance … love the people in your office … buy doughnuts … write encouraging e-mails … talk kindly about everyone you work with.

If you aren’t married yet… pray for your spouse!  Ask God to help you become the husband or wife that your spouse will need.  Develop the fruits of the Spirit in your life so that someday you will be a joy to live with.  Read books about marriage and wait well.

If you don’t have children … volunteer at church and work in the nursery.  Teach Sunday School … babysit for a family on a Friday night so that the mom and dad can have a date.  Go on a missions trip and love the children of another nation.

Don’t wait for life to happen to you … create a life so grand and so miraculous that even God is excited to see what exactly you will do next!

So let me ask you again …

What is it that lights your fire?

Why are you here?

Who did God create you to become?

Answer those questions … and you will live a life of abundance and miraculous value!



This originally appeared here and is shared with the author's permission.


Carol is an author and popular speaker at women's conferences and retreats, where she teaches the Word of God with great joy and enthusiasm. She hosts a daily radio program called, "Defiant Joy Radio", has written 5 books - "The Rooms of a Woman's Heart", "Defiant Joy!", "Holy Estrogen!",  "No More Ordinary!" (which hit several of Amazon's best seller lists), and her most recent, “Refined … Finding Joy In the Fires of Life!”. She has also written several devotionals for the popular Bible app, YouVersion.  She is the mom of 5 grown children, Marmee to 6 grandchildren and is married to her college sweetheart.

More of Carol McLeod: http://www.justjoyministries.com/