What are you passionate about? What gets YOU out of bed in the morning, excited to start the day? Is it spending time with your children? Are you passionate about your job? A sports team? Is it your morning cup of coffee?
If you are like me then you have seen a bazillion blogs and posts about "Finding your Passion." They are all over the internet and in bookstores promising, through a few "simple steps", to help you find that thing that will get you up in the morning excited and enthusiastic about your life.
"Just revisit your childhood and think about what you loved to do back then", they will say. Well, what if you liked making mud pies? Is that what you are supposed to spend your time doing? And what if you are the type of person that is just not very passionate about anything? Is something wrong with you?
Now, I am going to say something right now that may seem a bit presumptious. But it is something I KNOW is true for not only YOU but for ME and for anyone and everyone in the whole world.
I KNOW what you are passionate about. Yep, you! I KNOW what makes your heart burn with desire and I KNOW what makes you happy.
What is it?
Well, I cannot tell you just yet. But I will. in a moment. I promise.
Over the years, I have been passionate about many things. As you may have guessed, I started out with a passion for art. It began at the age of three. All I wanted to do was color with my crayons. But, soon this passion changed and when I was 12 years old, I was, instead, infatuated with singing. I would come home every day after school and sing into a hairbrush pretending I was Whitney Houston. I constantly dreamed of preforming on Star Search one day and was a fanatic about Mariah Carey and Sarah Brightman. Then at 15 years old, my passion changed again and I became intensely fervent about a boy named Derek Eastman. Thinking of him completely consumed my thoughts. I felt special and important when he finally asked me to be his girlfriend. But then when we broke up I was lost. Therefore, I lost my passion again and then became obsessed with running. Later on, in my twenties, my passion changed again and I became fixated on being thin to the point of developing multiple addictions to bulimia, alcohol and drugs.
Are you seeing the pattern? Basically my point in sharing all of that is that my passions changed. Now you may say this is normal. Maybe you even relate. Maybe you don't. Passions change with age. It is just the way of life. Right?
Well, no matter what your experience is I want to exhort you to think about something.
What if, TODAY, you found your PASSION? What if you found that ONE thing that is so amazing and so extremely life giving that it literally makes you excited to get out of bed each day NO MATTER what. And what if this PASSION never changed. NO matter if it is a grey and rainy day, NO matter if your boyfriend or wife has left you or if your Mom has passed away. No matter if there is no money in the bank. No matter if you are in pain or lonely.
What if it were possible to be passionate, happy and full of joy from this day on for the rest of your life no matter what?
Do you think that is possible?
And, I KNOW it to be true because I have found it!!!!! And oh my goodness, it was a LONG road to get here but that is perfectly OK because I am here now and I NEVER have to go anywhere else. I never have to change my passion. I never have to worry or fear or dread pain or loss. I can be full of passion always.
And the great news is that my passion is the SAME EXACT PASSION that burns in your heart too.
What do I mean?
Like I said, over the course of my life, I have been passionate about a number of things. Boys, being thin, art, face and body painting, alcohol, drugs, FA ...but it was not until I became passionate about Jesus, truly passionate about Jesus, that I found my REAL TRUE PASSION.
Now, at this point perhaps you are rolling your eyes. Hey I get it. I am just one more of those crazy Christians that talks about, blogs about and sings about, Jesus, the way the truth and the life.
Please, though, please know that I am only writing this because I KNOW what I say is true. It is more amazing than you could ever imagine.
Heck, there are many more things I could be doing with my time right now than writing this blog post. Writing this has taken a significant amount of my time this morning when I could be doing something like drawing or singing or running (things I still love.)
But nope, even though I am passionate about art and music and running, I am way more crazy passionate about Jesus and have been so radically changed by the REAL love that is available in following and loving Him that I cannot help but to spend my time passionately writing this blog so, perhaps, one person, maybe you, can, too, be changed in the radical way I have.
Why would I want to do this? Because there are no words to describe when you find WHY you were created and WHY you are alive. This passion in Jesus, this overwhelming love, LEADS you to more PASSION.....YOUR UNIQUE PASSION!
So am I saying that you now have to figure out how to become more passionate about Jesus. No and yes.
Striving to be passionate about Jesus is not the point. The point is He first loved us! Feeling like we HAVE to be passionate for Jesus would be passionless. Jesus wants you to truly and honestly be passionate about Him. He is no fool. He does not like fake people or fake adoration. In fact, He hates it.
So, how do you get this passion?
The same why I have.
Ask for it. Honestly and humbly ask for it. Let him love you. Spend time with him. Talk to him. Let him teach you his ways. Read his word.
It truly is everything.
I used to wander to and fro. I used to be a flimsy reed in the wind. But now I am a sturdy oak tree firmly planted in the all consuming love of the Saviour that burns twenty four hours a day for our whole hearts.
It is a love that cannot be comprehended and when you have been changed by it nothing will ever be the same.
This is good news my friend.
Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the scriptures: "Passion for God's house will consume me." John 2:17
I pray you are filled with a holy passion today and that your life is never the same agian. And guess what? When you are ravished by his love and He has your whole heart you then find out WHY you were made and WHAT YOUR unique purpose is. AND I guarnatee you will leap out of bed each day roaring with passion to do that thing that he has made you for!
I KNOW IT BECAUSE I AM LIVING IT and if I can FIND THIS than ANYONE can!
Be encouraged and blessed my friend.
Motivated by the radical love of Jesus, I create beautiful works of art and passionately share my testimony to free people all across the earth to also fully and completely live the life they were uniquely created for.
I blog about things that I experiene and hope will motivate, guide and inspire you toward greater creativity, fulfillment, peace, and joy in your everyday life.