What are you passionate about?
What have you spent time studying? Perfecting? Enjoying?
Pilot can tell from the sound of an engine what kind of plane is overhead. Once the plane is in view, he can tell you pretty much everything there is to know about it. He’s passionate about planes and flying.
Me? I hear the same engine whine. I look up. Two wings? Larger than a bird? It’s a plane! Now, let an Apache chopper fly over the house, which for some reason they do quite frequently, and I can definitely identify that bad boy by it’s sound.
Pilot can pick up an instrument and teach himself to play it rather quickly. No problem. He’s proven this to be true time and again.
Me, however? I look piano lessons in elementary and junior high school. The day my instructor handed me one of Mozart’s masterpieces, you know, the ones where the left hand and the right hand play two completely different songs at the same time, I begged my parents not to force me to go back. Much to my piano teacher’s great relief, I am sure.
Sissy and Butter played in their school bands. My dad played in the Navy’s band as it marched across the Oakland Bay Bridge the day the bridge opened. Musical talent abounds in my family. It just got all used up before I was born.
I have a heart for mission work. I even contemplated becoming a foreign missionary. That is, until I took two years of Spanish in high school and two semesters in college. I realized I am not a linguist. Yo no hablo Espanol.
God Provides The Passion
So what am I passionate about? What do I have a spark for? A light for? A shot to the heart for?
There are several things I have a passion for, but if I was forced to choose one, besides my passion for Jesus, it would have to be writing. Writing is something I have enjoyed, loved, and created since I was a wee lass. Writing is something I believe God placed inside me. I believe it is something he wants to use for his purposes and glory.
Sometimes, we believe we are the ones who choose what we are passionate about, the thing we enjoy doing. The thing we are good at. But I think, we’ve got it backwards.
God is the one who knit us together in our mother’s womb. (Psalm 139) He is the one who placed the passion, the desire, the ability, inside us to accomplish what he wants to accomplish through us. After that, we either pursue that passion, or we don’t.
Stick To What We’re Passionate About
I can’t identify planes like Pilot, or play an instrument like my dad could. I can’t converse in any language except English. However, God didn’t put those things in me. Because he didn’t place those abilities in me, it would be silly for me to moan about what I cannot do. Instead, what I need to do is celebrate what I can, and work at it with all my heart.
So, I ask you again. What are you passionate about? What would you feel lost without pursuing? Figure that out and go after it. Because you know what? That’s what God designed you to be passionate about. That’s what he created you to do.
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For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10
I wish you well.
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