calling / passion / worship / sacrifice
What ever you are most passionate about, that’s what you should continue to spend your time in.. We can complain about not having enough time, but when we divide our day into sections of the activities we spend the most time on, we will distinguish our passion. This may seem a bit twisted if we really are not spending our time in the the place we think we are passionate about. In about 15 minutes after talking to someone we can determine what this person is passionate about.
From our mouths we speak the deepest passions of our hearts.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45
What do you talk about, day dream about, spend money on? these are clues to where your hearts passion may be in.
Passion can change during different seasons of our lives. As we mature we will notice a change or shift in what is important to us.
Our calling in life is parallel to the passion of our heart. As I recall in my earlier years, all I wanted to do was help people. I have always loved people of ALL ages. I never discriminated against age, beliefs, ethnicity, ect. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I helped my grandfather get to the store regularly since he had a hard time getting around. I accepted him for who he was. This example is a reminder of what God installed in me. I carry my passion for people through today. I have a hard time when others believe differently. I think that as humans, especially as Christians, we have an obligation to LOVE people. It's actually the second commandment. Only recently God had reveled my calling: to love people in a big way. It helped me let go of other peoples callings. In the past, I would literally get mad when others were not seeing things the way I did. God created each one of us with a special purpose and calling and we each see things differently. Just because you are doing one thing, doesn't mean that everyone should be doing it. In fact, they should not be doing it.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Romans 12:6-9
We are all unique with the gifting(s) that had been given to us by God. Yes each one of us has a plan and a purpose on this earth. Not one is left without a special gift. We need to learn to stay in our OWN lanes. Sometimes we look at others and think that their gifts are natural but see what God is calling us to do is too hard. Moses didn’t think that he was qualified. Jesus didn’t want to go through the crucifixion because it was a lot. However, He prayed that if it was “God's will” then He would go through it.
What will you sacrifice for your passion? This is another way of finding out what your passion is. Will you wake up before everyone else just to do this thing? If your answer is yes, then that's a strong indicator of where your heart and passion are..
I was at the beach at sunrise the other day and the waves were a bit higher then usual. I don’t know much about surfing but I do know that you need some high waves to ride. I saw several people rushing to get their surf suits on, grab their boards and hit the waves. I thought to myself, “what did they have to sacrifice to fill the hunger of their passion”? Florida waves are nothing like we had in California. Nevertheless, these ambitious surfers need to constantly be on alert for high winds and just the right weather to be able to "ride their wave". As I sat and observed them, I noticed that as the waves died down, the surfers had to sit on their boards and wait until a wave would come their way.Sometimes they sat there for 20 minutes at a time, waiting for the perfect wave. If you ask me, that’s a lot of waiting! I probably would not be able to sit there for that long just to catch a wave. I did however learn that if it's your passion, you will be WILLING to do almost anything to fulfill the hunger of your heart.
Those surfers had to wake up early (before going into their normal work/jobs) and needed to sit and wait for the wave because they were passionate about surfing and would do what ever it took to enjoy the thrill. To me, that is sacrifice.
An interesting factor that I observed with these surfers was that age, gender, or race were irrelevent. I saw young and old, men and women, all with the same passion to surf, and the same thrill they received while riding the waves. As we each have a gift that is in us, we ARE able to change the world. With our passion, we can contribute our part to this universe.
Think about the time we spend on social media and Google. What are we mostly interested in? When we have a conversation with people, what are we mainly talking about?
Passion moves us from the category of “I HAVE TO” to “I GET TO”
I don’t think that the surfers I observed were ever dreading about getting out to surf. If we would ask them about their willingness to surf, they would reply “I GET to go surfing”. Same thing with what God called us to do: “I GET to tell people about the freedom that JESUS gives”. This has been my conviction lately. I am learning that what ever I do, to think in a new way. I get to do it, i get to enjoy it, i get to bless others, ect.
Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Colossians 3:23
Sometimes we are STUCK in areas where we are not happy. Even ministry can be draining when we think that no one else will do it if we don't. I often heard myself say “I have to do this”. What I have learned is that particular when I felt like "I had to" was NOT from my heart and I know that God does not honor anything that is forced...He wants us to want to.
I pray that you GET OUT of the unhappy place and step into your purpose that involves your passion. If your heart is not in it, you should not be in it also. Life is way too short to spend time being unhappy. Sometimes we are in those unfulfilling places for a short time and that’s fine, but we need to transition into the calling that God has for each one of us in order to be fulfilled and live a life on purpose. I talk about how God revealed my calling and passion from the passage Romans 12:1,2. See full story. That worship means to give up my self-gratifying desires for works to serve God, and through this, I would be able to test and approve what God's will is for my life. For me in this season of my life, I see that God has called me to serve as a wife, a mother, and a steward for God's people.
"We need to transition into the calling that God has for each one of us."
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1,2
Pray: Jesus, I love you, I want to do your will. Reveal your perfect plan and will for my life. Help me to follow you even when I am afraid or when I have doubts and even when I may not feel like it. I trust you Lord and know that you want the best for me everyday of my life. I want to serve you as a way of thanking you for what you did for me on the cross, not because "I have to" but because "I get to".
I pray that each one of you lives a life full of purpose, passion, and calling. I pray that the Holy Spirit would show you exactly what that may be in this season of your life. Amen.