Friday, January 30, 2009

Living Passionately

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come
that they may have life, and have it to the full.

-- John 10:10

It’s said that if you find a job that lets you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.

That’s a good observation when it comes to career planning. But it’s also true when it comes to life in general. And Jesus agrees. In fact, we read in the Bible that He came to give us life, and to give it abundantly. This shows that God doesn’t want us to live each day just by going through the motions in a dull, meaningless existence. But how many of us do just that? Too often, it seems like life is just about getting up, fighting commuter traffic, spending eight or more hours on the job, eating dinner and then going to bed. One day fades into the next, month after month and year after year. And then the day finally comes when we look back at our lives and wonder what happened.

What’s the answer? The first thing is to grasp and accept the fact that our time on this planet is limited. That’s true whether you’re in your 20s or 90s. One day, God will call you home. So since our deaths are inevitable, don’t let that day come with regrets about what could have been.

Instead, live each day passionately.

That’s quite a mind-boggling concept. One way to start is by living like you actually know the day and the hour of your passing. This will reveal your true priorities and spotlight the people, causes and activities that mean the most in your life. They’re your passions.

But one or two disclaimers: Before pursuing any particular passion, be sure that it’s God-honoring. And what invigorates you also needs to last into eternity. For instance, Jesus’ passion was always to do God’s will. Jesus even went so far as to explain that His words weren’t His own, but were His Father’s. He also explained His actions by remarking that He did only what He saw His Father doing.

“Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me?” Jesus asked. “The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.”

Discovering your life’s passion might be obvious for some people but elusive for others. Ask God to reveal His will for you in this critical area of your life. And once He has, pursue it whole-heartedly in the time He’s given you. And then let that passion become contagious – so much so that those who aren’t Christ-followers will ask what (or really Who) drives you.

Are you living a passionate life – one that’s God-honoring and abundant? If not, don’t let could have become should have. Your some day is right now.

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