Everywhere you turn for inspiration, you hear these ‘highly philosophical’ words… Follow your passion… Find your purpose and live happily! You ask yourself, “What passion? What purpose?” After racking your brain for a while, you come to the conclusion that this is probably not for you. You give up trying to make sense of it all and go back to life’s drudgery, living life without a sense of accomplishment
Have you been there? Well, I certainly have! I struggled with feeling lifeless and unmotivated, lacking the spark to keep me going. However, over the last few years, God showed me the source of my problem. I felt lethargic and unmotivated because I didn’t have passion or a purpose in my life!
If there is one thing that seems to be in short supply these days, it is passion. We see people going about their life doing things but not really enjoying them. We see hundreds of workmen grudgingly going to work but hating what they do, because they have no real passion, no real motivation, no real calling…
In Luke 4: 43 , Jesus says,
“I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
Jesus was very passionate and had a clear idea of His purpose in life.
Another example is Paul and his ministry to the gentiles. He was so passionate about his ministry that he was ready to give up anything, put up with any persecution to win as many people as possible to Christ.
All through the Bible, we see that godly people who were passionate and had a purpose, were motivated to move forward despite hardships.
So what is passion?
Passion is a God given desire, a yearning to make a difference in a particular area or ministry. This longing in our hearts is like a magnet that attracts us into that area even without our conscious knowledge.
The Merriam Webster dictionary defines ‘passion’ as: Intense, driving, or overmastering feeling or conviction; ardent affection; a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.
Passion is a driving force. It is what gave Christ strength to endure unbearable pain and suffering. Apostles and missionaries over the years have been so passionate that they even died for their cause. Passion makes our life worth living and gives us a purpose to live and die for.
It compels you to act… forces you to get out of your comfort zone.
In order to find your passion and purpose, you need to look inward and see what truly inspires you – what makes you feel live. The process is quite simple, but it may take you a while to process it. The time spent identifying your passion however, will not be in vain. I guarantee that!
So go somewhere quiet, far away from distractions, put on some soothing music if you prefer and tackle these questions sincerely. (Don’t forget do switch off the mobile phone before you begin!)