Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Passion

"I fall in love with people's passion. The way their eyes light up when they talk about the thing they love and the way they fill with light."

"The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."

Passion: Passion is beautiful. Passion is powerful. What comes to your mind when you think about passion?

I think about ballerinas, who spend hours each day practicing on point, practicing each step, kick, and spin until their bodies gracefully tell the stories of songs. I think about catchers in softball who get dirt in their eyes, bruises all over, and cleated almost every game they play- but play because they love the game. I think about Katie, a missionary girl in Uganda, who is about 24, single, and has eight Ugandan children of her own that she feeds, bathes, nurtures, and cares for everyday. I think about God who spent time creating an entirely perfect universe and then sent His only son to die for us so we could have another chance.

Passion is something that is not easy and not common. Passion is an intense emotion or desire for something. Passion is being willing to do something for someone or something because you love it so much. True passion always requires sacrifice.

Because passion is a rare thing in today's world, passion is sought after, fought after, and known as beauty. We admire passion. We wonder how people got  passion and how it changed their life. Passion is put on display- when someone has a true passion everyone turns to look.

If we are called to be the light of the world; a city on a hill; the salt of the earth, we must have passion. We cannot be dull. We cannot be burnt out. No matter what the rest of the world thinks about us, we must be on fire for our God of the universe.

Our God is a passionate God and He calls us to be passionate lovers. He wants to set us on fire. He wants us to be on display for Him, radiating His glory, displaying His awe to everyone we see.

Are you passionate about God? Are you willing to do whatever it takes no matter what the sacrifice?

Luke 10:27 *Message "He said, 'That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and intelligence- and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.'"

Luke 11:33-36 *Message "No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer. It's put on a lamp stand so those entering the room have light to see where they're going. Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body. If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dark cellar. Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning, so you don't get musty and murky. Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room."

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