Starting back in March (2018) I wrote a blog post titled “Build My Life” in that post I alluded to something God had dropped in my lap. At the time I thought it was one thing, turns out, it was this…
Back in the spring of this year (2018), I made a friend who is passionate about everything he does. Whether it’s music, worship, photography, videography, his friends/ others, and at the center of these things, Jesus. I quickly began to admire his passion and zeal for the things in his life. I also began to notice that I wanted to know more about what he was passionate about. I loved asking him questions about the things he loved because he would talk about them with such excitement, knowledge, and zeal. But ultimately I couldn’t figure out why I liked learning about these things, when I had no interest in some of the things before.
This fall, God brought another friend into my life. This friend is quieter and more reserved, but as I got to know him I began to see how passionate he is about the things in his life like fishing, driving, the Bible, people in his life/ people in general, his calling, and above all, Jesus. A few weeks ago I went on a hike with him and other friend and he showed us how to fly fish, something I had never tried and never thought I would try. That day I thought, why I am enjoying this so much? I have never wanted to fly fish before, but here I am having fun and enjoying my day, although I am doing something I never thought I would like doing.
God began to show me that day that it’s okay to love others to the point of taking joy in their passions. That by doing that I am encouraging others in their passions.
This morning I was sitting here, trying to process the fact that both of these friends, and several other friends, are graduating in just a few days. How am I supposed to feel about this? I want to feel sad, but I have asked for peace and God has blessed me with it, so now what? I felt like in that moment God said, “Be passionate about their passions. Support them in the pursuit of the dreams and desires I have given them, and take joy in that”.
I was like, wow okay! Then I realized, this word passion has come up a lot in the past few minutes, but what does it actually mean? So I looked it up.
The first definition says, “the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and his death”. Another definition says, “intense, driving, or overmastering feeling of conviction”.
To be truly passionate is to be like Christ. He loves us so much that He willingly suffered to the point of death, for us, and this is the definition of passion.
I feel like God is challenging me this morning with this question:
Will you willingly take on an intense, driving, overmastering feeling of conviction to love others the way I have loved you. To be so passionate about others and their passions that you both become more like me, willing to set aside the thoughts and ideas of the world, for others passions, that it becomes a chain reaction?
So now, I challenge you with this question.
Just a Thought from the King’s Daughter
pc: Mitchell Hartley