Pursuing our passion isn’t for the weak minded. It is not for the one looking for the easy way out.
But it is for the one desiring life lived in the reflection of the God who created Heaven and Earth.
God places in each of us something special. Something that energizes us. From a calling to a cause or an event to an activity, in it we find the beating faster of our hearts and the stirrings of excitement.
We call it passion.
Sometimes we discover our passions early on, but other times not until much later. We actually often find it surfacing from within the scars of our life stories. As our healing takes place, the beauty is redeemed within this new-found passion.[bctt tweet=”Our passions often surface from within the scars of our life stories #hope #pursueyourpassion ” username=”lori_schumaker”]
Once we discover it and turn it loose to Jesus, we are wrecked. We can’t walk away, lest we leave what feels like a void in our hearts.
Writing, Jesus, and encouraging others. Right in the middle of all three, I found my sweet spot. My passion. And right there is where Jesus has stretched me, pushing me to face fears and learn another level of trust in Him.
You see, when we live out our calling we are reflecting the identity of Christ. He writes our plans. He wires us with unique giftings and bends. Following Christ leads us to living in the reflection of Him alone.[bctt tweet=”Following Christ leads us to living in the reflection of Him alone #hope #identity #worth #passion #gifts” username=”lori_schumaker”]
It doesn’t matter if it’s a career behind a computer or one in front of people. Whether it is care-taking, hospitality, or motherhood. It doesn’t matter if it’s in numbers, words, or art.
What matters is whether or not our “what” belongs to Him.
Differences are made within the sweet spot of His calling and our passion. That is when we do His best work. That is when we feel the pounding heart.
But stop right there. Imagine that sweet spot. Imagine the good we do in that holy place.
Now imagine the enemy of all that is good in the world.
A passionate follower of Jesus choosing to live in alignment with the God of the Universe – willing to speak the Gospel and compel those in their path to take a chance on Jesus. That is a terrifying situation for the enemy.
Friends, the enemy is desperate in his desire to snuff out our passion. He doesn’t want us living out our best. He doesn’t want us thriving and being a light into the world.
The enemy wants discontent. Frustration. Unrest. Bitterness. Hopelessness. Slavery.
So he attacks. In his bag of ammunition he keeps our friends, family, and acquaintances.
You know … those situations that throw us for a loop because we thought for sure a certain person would have our back or be our biggest cheerleader?
Or when those closest to us do not understand or support us? Or when their words sting and their backs turn?
They are among his most favorite of weapons.
So what we do about it? How do we have hope when our passion begins to hurt? How do we keepmoving forward when the current pushes back?
We fight back with powerful weapons. These are my top 4!
We plant ourselves on the only truth. The Word of God.
If this is a good work God began, He will continue and finish it. He will continue it in spite of adversity and resistance. There is nothing too big to stop our God. There will always be good that comes from within a good work He begins.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. –Philippians 1:6 NLT
We make a difference when we follow His call. He refers to us as salt and light. Where we go, we share Him. In whatever path He sets us on, we can be salty and bright.
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:13-16 ESV
There is great joy in living out the combination of a passion, calling, and gifting.
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. –Psalm 16:11 ESV
God has uniquely gifted us to do His work here on Earth. He didn’t give us gifts and passions to use only when the current goes in our direction.
Use whatever gift you’ve received for the good of one another so that you can show yourselves to be good stewards of God’s grace in all its varieties. -1 Peter 4:10 VOICE
The support of another is not what I am aiming for. It is the approval of Christ.
Do you think I care about the approval of men or about the approval of God? Do you think I am on a mission to please people? If I am still spinning my wheels trying to please men, then there is no way I can be a servant of the Anointed One, the Liberating King. –Galatians 1:10 VOICE
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