What is your passion? What do you LOVE to do? If you had a choice to do anything you wanted to do with your life what would it be?
God places passion in our lives… that strong desire to do something because we love it, it brings us joy and a sense of fulfillment. When we are doing it nothing is better, we’re motivated, excited, ambitious and extremely focused.
Ever been like that?
Do you know what I’m talking about?
Now how many of us actually do that every day, do that as our job, live to fulfil our passion? This isn’t some hedonistic pursuit I’m talking about, if we’re honest most of us know that our passion is something that we really want to do but for many reasons we just cant seem to justify pursuing it. Life gets on top of us, we work a tedious job because we have responsibilities, bills need to be paid and we cant see beyond our current circumstances.
Let’s face it, that’s life for most of us and its just how it is for now. Very few of us are blessed enough to be pursuing our passion full time, but you know that’s totally OK! Life isn’t all about getting what we want is it, but it is about balance and this is where it gets important. Everyone knows that we need to have a good balance in our lives if we’re to stay physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy. We need a work/life balance, a balanced diet and regular exercise, enough sleep vs. waking hours etc.
But often we don’t balance our pursuit of our passions and that’s not healthy. Sure we can be over zealous and pursue them at all costs but more often than not we somehow feel that its not as important, we can do without it or that it’s selfish to pursue those things… I don’t believe that to be so.
God has given each one of us a passion for something and He designed us to go after that passion because it’s part of who He intends us to be. To ignore your passion, or more to the point, ignore making time to pursue it is selling ourselves short of the person that God wants us to be. Whether its, music, gardening, reading, golf, writing, scrap-booking, social justice, theology or whatever, that passion is God given and He wants you to make time to pursue it because He will use it to grow you into the person He has designed you to be…
I believe passion is a biblical concept because God is a passionate God. He is characterised by Joy, Love, Faithfulness and Justice… He created the world with passion, Jesus lived on earth with a passion to know God’s will and to follow it and His passion for us took Him to the cross. it drives us to be focused, committed and active. Think about the characteristics of someone who has a passion for something. They’re always talking about it, they strive to know everything there is to know about it, they live it and breath it and when it comes to pursuing it they are laser focused. Passion is a good thing because it motivates us to get going, to be active and to get things done.