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You’re probably wondering why you’ve received this blog post twice in your email. LOL because I accidentally scheduled it on Friday and then forgot about it hahahahaha.
Guys I was FREAKING OUT! I immediately called Kristin Koonce (check her blog out right here- http://kristinkoonce.com/blog/ ) and asked her what do and she quickly reminded me that the world doesn’t revolve around me by NOT ANSWERING. Such a humbling time in my life. She called me back a few minutes later and helped me, so everything is OK.
Right now I’m continuing writing about one of my passions. Last time I talked about being comfortable in your skin and embracing who you are because God doesn’t make mistakes! Next blog I’ll talk about being an intentional follower of Jesus!
This next topic makes me SO excited! Passions are such a beautiful thing. A God gifted thing!
What is the definition of passion?
Passion- intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction or a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something
Passion is that driving force that leads you to do things that you love doing! And most likely, you love those things because of the passion you have for it!
Passion leads to love and love leads to passion.
When you love something, you’ll be passionate about it, and when you’re passionate about something you’ll love it.
I love the way the definition describes it as a conviction. The cool thing is that we all have convictions. Big or small, we have them. And we should be thankful for them! God specifically places convictions in our heart. It’s not just something random you feel the need to pursue or make a difference. That desire is God saying, “I know exactly what you’re feeling. Go and make a difference.”
If I could only obtain one characteristic, what would it be? Passion! Every other characteristic seems as though it can flow from your passionate pursuits. Passion is such a beautiful thing.
I think the best thing about passion is that you can’t fake it.
You can’t fake it. You can’t teach it. You can’t coach it.
Passion will drive you to get up at 6 in the morning to go for a 2-mile jog because you’re passionate about your health/ fitness. (Shoutout to my wife! She has been KILLING IT working out!)
Passion will encourage you to go ask that random stranger if there’s anything that you can be praying for them about.
Passion will lead you to do things that other people just simply won’t understand because it’s not something that they’re naturally passionate about.
In 2 Corinthians 5:14 it says, “For Christ’s love compels us…”
One more time. CHRIST’S LOVE COMPELS US!
This is an example of being passionate about something. The word compel means forced or driven. Not forced in a negative sense, but more like if you don’t do it, there’s going to be self-provoked discomfort.
Think about the disciples in the Bible. They dropped their whole life to follow Jesus. It takes a passionate person to completely drop and forget everything that you’re used to, with no clear evidence that you’re going to be ok financially or physically. It took faith, but it also quickly became a passionate decision for the disciples.
Why is it so important that we pursue our passions and convictions?
Because they are uniquely, intentionally, and unmistakenly placed in our hearts by God.
Think about it. Last time I talked about the need to embrace your skin and the more we embrace who we are the more glory God is receiving! Along with who we are and how we’re designed is our passions. So it’s important that we pursue our passions to accomplish the most important goal. To glorify our Father!
I think so often we get frustrated with God because we don’t “have” the opportunities that we would like.
Don’t believe that.
So often we’re waiting for God to present this perfect opportunity. When in reality, He’s already blessed us with the TIME, RESOURCES, CONNECTIONS, VISION, MINDSET, PASSIONS, and HOLY SPIRIT.
WHAT MORE DO WE NEED TO PURSUE?!
We have to quit waiting and start doing! Obviously, pray and seek what He wants you to do, but God will always be pleased when you’re trying to glorify Him. And that’s exactly what you will do when you pursue in faith and not in fear!
Lastly, one of the best ways to find out what we’re passionate about is to TRY NEW THINGS! Go try that dance class, call that one person, go visit that teacher, grab lunch with that boss that you have admired from afar, go visit that church, email that organization, schedule that elective, serve at that non-profit organization, and don’t stop trying new things!
We ALL have passions. It’s one of the things that makes us unique. I believe that God specifically placed those passions in your heart and they make up who you are! Don’t let anyone sway you from your dreams, passions or desires. Don’t get discouraged when people try to tell you what you should be doing. YOU know what you are passionate about and NO ONE CAN TAKE THAT AWAY FROM YOU! And keep pursuing your dreams. No matter how ridiculous you look or sound, no matter the judgment or criticism you receive, no matter the people that unfollow you. KEEP. PURSUING. YOUR. PASSIONS.
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Remember, we all need encouragement no matter what season of life we’re in!