10 Things I’ve Learned About Fulfillment and Work

10. There is no one happy ending. No endless continuation of bliss and fulfillment. Life goes on as a new beginning with new challenges. This is life. This is good.

9. By giving up on me and submitting to Christ, I realize my deeper meaning is to serve others and not myself.

8. From this point on, it isn’t about me but God, and He is all about serving others.

7. Christ died so I might be given life to the fullest. My best days I remember this. My very best days I remember this all day.

6. Being on God’s purpose is where true fulfillment lies.

5. God brought me through the challenges. He did it before. He’ll do it again. He is always faithful.

4. I am confident with God’s help the happy endings and beginnings will continue. In his timing. Not always mine.

3. As I look back over the last 20 years, I realize happiness occurred in the day-to-day challenges of being the man God created me to be.

2. I can never be all that God desires for me if I ignore loving and serving my family and the entrepreneurs He has put in my life.

1. The challenge: Trust in God, not Charlie. It sounds simple, but it was a challenge. God came through. I’ve been sober for 23 years, and I am no longer a workaholic.

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One thought on “10 Things I’ve Learned About Fulfillment and Work

  1. Charlie – I’ve been encouraged to see Christ in you. “Trust in God, not in Charlie” is a biblical truth. It is so simple that we can completely miss it or take years to get to it. In Romans 6 we are told to consider ourselves dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus. The reality is that our flesh died once and for all when we accepted Christ. It is no longer I who lives, but Christ in me. I recommend that you read 2 Peter 1-4 as it gives insight into how to live by God’s divine nature (which I believe is what you experience when you trust God, not Charlie). Through His precious and very great promises we become partakers of His divine nature. Or to put it in another way, this is how we live by the Spirit and not by the flesh.

    Have you ever read Romans 8 and thought, “I want to live by the Spirit, how do I do it?” Well, we are told in 2 Peter 1:1-4. A prerequisite is to know his precious and very great promises. But it is not the knowledge the allows us to partake in the divine nature, it is the act of believing them by faith. 1) Know the promises, 2) believe them by faith, 3) Partake in HIS divine nature. I capitalized HIS because it is no longer I who lives (my flesh is dead), but Christ who lives in me.

    When we trust in ourselves, we are not living by faith, b/c the truth is that our flesh is dead once and for all. When we trust in God, we are believing his promises by faith and partaking in his divine nature. God does things in us that we cannot do ourselves in the flesh. The first promise that brought you into relationship with God is that he sent his son into the world to die for you and that by believing in him you have eternal life. Don’t stop there though! Embrace all of his promises by faith, believing in God and he will live and work through you.

    I’ve been learning this recently and wanted to share it with you too, as I believe it is an insight into how to experience the power of the gospel in our daily lives.

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