I’ve been thinking…
I believe we’re meant to live passionately.
There’s a sure difference in my life between when I’m focused on my teaching job, which I’m not passionate about, and when I’m focused on my writing projects, which I am passionate about. Perhaps our passions are a means through which God communicates His will for us. Some people may be called to lay down their passions to pursue Him for a season (or for life) but perhaps God more commonly calls people to pursue Him through their passions.
Is He Himself meant to be our only passion?
Sometimes I get excited about a project and I revel in the excitement of pursuing it with a passion. But at some point or another I wonder, am I really supposed to get consumed with excitement for writing, reading or publishing? Those three things won’t get the same passionate response from everyone. For others, it might be dance, graphics design, origami, cooking, gardening… you name it!
Each of these is a niche in the vast selection of human activities. Each one has us interact with different people in different ways, and hence provides different opportunities to serve others and live as God’s ambassadors before them.
But for me and others like me, the niche itself can become an idol. It can become the object of my greatest devotion and the place where I seek my identity. I speak for myself, but I sure that others could relate.
Whether we call it passion, or something else (an interest, hobby, skill, or so on), I’m not denying that the Lord created us to be uniquely attracted to different things and to find joy in exploring and interacting with His world in different ways. But I am wondering what the best way is to answer the question, “What are your passions in life?” And I am wondering how our passion for activities relates back to our passion for God.
A lot of this is semantics, but what are your thoughts?