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September 21, 2012

Driven by a Passion

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Passion!  Interesting word!  Used in many descriptions of a person.  “She has a passion for music!”  “Football has always been his passion!” “Hunting is his passion.”  “Acting is her passion.” A passion can be love, intellectualism, exploration, sports, and many other things.  A passion is the term applied to a very strong feeling about a person or thing.  It can be compelling in the life of a person.

A passion (and I am speaking of an activity, not a relationship) seems to compel you to continue the activity . . . to want to progress in achieving.  As I thought on this subject, I began to reflect on how passion drives us to accomplish certain goals or desired level or achievement.  This all came to me as I recently viewed a photo of one of our sons whose “passion” is surfing.  His passion for surfing began when we lived in Miami, continued through college, and still continues as a husband and father.  And with the family,  they  have surfed Hawaii and the west coast and east coast of the United States.  If you know anything about surfing, you are certainly impressed with this photo shot.  You can see the size of the wave and his ability to ride it.  Let me assure you that this was not his first ride on a surf board.  This accomplishment does not just happen!  It is the result of passion and a commitment to it.  We have watched him through the years as he pursued this passion.

This is more than a hobby.  A hobby you do in your spare time for relaxation and pleasure like working puzzles, quilting, wood working, etc.  I believe passion is something you love so much you would gladly lose sleep over it.

To achieve at your passion — and one is driven to do so — there are obstacles to overcome.  Think about surfing . . . it takes years to master; it takes physical training such as lifting weights, running, and swimming.  There is so much paddling out to catch a wave that the surfer most be in good physical shape.  You can see that you must have a passion for the endeavor to pay such a price just to have a few minutes up on the board catching a wave.

There is so much more to surfing than being in the water.  Study and research is required.  The surfer most learn  about the “playing field.”  The ball diamond or tennis court does not change, but the surfer’s “playing field” is constantly changing.  One must learn to make judgment calls about the waves and wind.  The waves are created by wind and storms at sea.  Good waves are determined by the bottom contour, and other factors.  One must understand currents and rip tides.

Then the surfer must know the equipment to be used.  There are different boards for different scenarios.  And then “waxing” the board is something else to know.  Then add “practice, practice, practice.”  There is the learning to stand up on the board and understanding the dynamics of turning the board at specific angles to ride the wave.

Don’t you agree surfing must be a passion if you pay such a price for a few moments of ecstasy?  There must be a passion for it.  Passion is something you do if never paid to do it.  There is a dedication to something you do — it is more use of your time than just a few spare minutes.  Some people make a living doing their passion, i.e., football, pro-surfing, golf, etc.  Most people would thrill to make their living doing their passion.  I call our son a semi-profession, meaning that he is a pro, but not making his living through such a profession.

I believe everyone is blessed who has a passion . . . and doubled blessed is the one who earns a a living doing their passion.  If you do something just short term, it is not passion.  Passion gives drive, expresses commitment, strengthens our life . . . and hopefully, your passion can help others in their lives . . . change the world . . . glorify God!

Don’t confuse passion with purpose.  Purpose in life is foremost . . . then have passion.  My purpose in life is to glorify God.  He has called me to be a minister of the Gospel.  I am blessed that my passion happens to be part of the purpose of my life.  Preaching happens to be my passion, and it is part of the responsibility of ministry.

I want to encourage you to have a passion.  Work at it!  Study it!  Practice it!  Do it!  Pursue it!  Such passion can enrich your life!

However, never allow your passion to override your commitment to family or your earning a living.  And above all, never, never let your passion jeopardize your love and faithfulness to God.

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”  (Colossians 3:2)  “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  (Matthew 6:33)



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