What is your Passion?
You are going to give your life for something.
What will it be?
Your career? A hobby? Fame?
If so, will any of these have lasting significance?
These are the questions I had to answer when I started reading chapter 29 of the “Purpose Driven Life” a few days ago and it really got me thinking about my life…
…And yours too.
I had mixed feelings about my own past.
Have I been living to help and serve others…or am I living to serve myself?
There’s no doubt I can instantly link the unhappiest periods of my life back to my selfish agenda.
Back in those days, it was all about me.
My schedule. My time. My job. My financial gain. My body. MY life.
But eventually that just left me feeling empty.
That’s why it’s mandatory to find our assignment (or passion) in life.
We all have special strengths and gifts that are given to each of us and specifically designed to be used for serving and helping others.
You just need to have an accurate assessment of your capabilities and recognize the gifts you are equipped with.
So take the time to ask yourself…
– What is your passion in life?
– What do you love to do no matter what the circumstances?
– What are you really good at that can positively impact others?
– When you teach or educate, do people listen and pay attention?
– Where are you most productive?
– Whose pain do you feel? Does it move your heart to act?
– What one subject could you never get bored or tired of?
– What area of life is worthy of your total focus?
Identify your strengths, and then…major in them.
There is a reason you love to do these things.
Now — if for some idiotic reason you have people around you
or voices in your head telling you that you’re not good enough
or this doesn’t apply to you.
IT’S A LIE.
What is your Passion in life?
Just look at all the dysfunctional people God used to make a difference in the world:
Abraham was old (like – older than dirt old), Jacob was insecure,
Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered,
Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral,
David had an affair and all kinds of family issues, Elijah was suicidal,
Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, John the Baptist
was eccentric and then some, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered,
Martha was a worry-wart, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health,
and Timothy was shy and timid.
If all these biblical misfits were able to make a difference in the world…
…So can you.
Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, every single one of us was put on this earth to make a contribution.
You weren’t created to just exist — to eat, breathe, and take up space while fulfilling your selfish desires.
You have a place. A purpose. And an important role and function to fulfill.
Just being consciously aware of this fact can give your day to day life more significance and value.
We were all created and wired to add value to the world, not just consume things and take what we want from it.
Call it your mission, your assignment, your passion, or your ministry…call it whatever you want.
And it’s not enough to just know more and more about your passion and mission in life.
Eventually, you must “act.”
At the end of your life on Earth you will look back and give a personal account to yourself, and to this world, and be evaluated on how you lived.
I know this is deep.
(That’s why I had to throw some humor in there 🙂
But sometimes I think we forget about this or we just wanna sweep it under the rug and act like it really doesn’t matter as long as you can pay the bills.
Well it does matter.
And I think your life is valuable enough to stop and really think about the implications of it.
What matters most is not the duration of your life,
but the donation of it.
Not how long you lived…but “how” you lived.
When I really stop to think about my passion for my family, my mission for helping others, my company vision, and my love for serving others in need…
This is the type of stuff I would give my life for.
Maybe you should ask yourself this question too.
What would you be willing to die for?
What is your passion?
After you take some quality time to discern the answer, focus all your energy to serve and protect it with all your might.
Your friend and coach,
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