Monday, November 23, 2009

Motivate Me Monday- What Is Your Passion?


As I was working at Step Into Africa last week a couple of days, I had the opportunity to talk to quite a few people, including the ones I was working with.  The first night that I worked, we got to talking about how it's so sad that more people won't open up and listen and really see and hear what is going on in the world....as if ignorance truly is their bliss.  Through that, we got to talking about passion, and my co-volunteer was mentioning how different people have different passions about certain places of ministry/opportunities/places to serve.  Through that, my brain automatically started thinking of post material.  LOL  I'm such a blogger.....good grief.  Anyway.....my question to you today is, "What is your passion?  What moves you?  What truly makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  What is it that moves you to action?  What is it that truly makes you wonder and question and draws you in like a magnet?"  

Discovering our passion is something that, a lot of times, we can push to the back of our minds, sort of procrastinate on.  We think that we just don't have time for it; there are too many other things going on around us.  Whether we have children at home all day and are focusing on them, or whether we're trying to hold down a job and serve the people we come in contact with each and every day....discovering our passion can take a place on the back burner.  As Helen said the other night, though, if we all acted on our passions, just think of what a different world we would have....just think of how much different this world would be, possibly a better world because of it.  If we stopped arguing useless and senseless arguments and focused and acted on our passions....oh, I just can't imagine what kind of work would be done and how God could use us.

Some people feel passionately about serving here in the United States....some people feel strongly about ministries overseas....some feel strongly about both.  Some people feel moved by children starving or struggling and suffering through life; some are moved at the thought of human trafficking.  Some people are moved by the homeless lady pushing her cart down the street.  Some people are moved by the act of abortion.  Some people are moved by the lady at the grocery store who has to put that gallon of milk back because she can't afford to buy it this week.  Some people are moved by music and the well of joy and blessings it brings forth in their life, as well as the lives of countless others.  Some people are passionate about teaching their children.

What is your passion today?  What is your moving force....something that drives you?  What is that one thing that, when you think about it, you say to yourself, "Man, I wish I could do something about that....I want to do something about that.....please use me, God, to make a difference in that area."  What is it that you love to do that could be turned into an opportunity for service?  God doesn't want us to lead a passionless life.  In fact, I really believe He wants our lives to be full of passion and fervor for Him.  He gives us all unique and different gifts to be used for His glory and His glory alone.  He has created us with those unique gifts, so that our passion may drive those gifts to be used to make a difference in the life He has chosen for us.  I encourage you to read 1 Corinthians 12 sometime this week.  Break it up into manageable chunks, just so that you drink in every word.  Think about what God has placed on your heart lately.  Don't think about what your neighbor's gifts are; think about how God can use you....about what passion and desires and gifts He has given you.  Discover your passion....again, in the paraphrased words of Helen, "If we all acted on our individual passions, think of what a world of difference that would make in the world today."  

For more Motivate Me Monday, visit Sarah at The Fifth Street Palace.

2 comments:

The Fifth Street Mama November 23, 2009 at 1:09 AM  

What an excellent and motivating post Mel!
My first thought was that I am passionate about being at SAHM and homeschool teacher to my children. However my other passions are building a strong marriage (something i work on frequently) and adoption (somthing I have not even stepped into yet).
Thanks for linking up.

Crystal November 24, 2009 at 11:55 PM  

Very motivating!!

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