This is the last of my many posts for today. Thanks for being patient with all of them. The final post relates to passion, or more importantly, to that deep burning desire found within all of us.
I firmly believe that God has placed within each of us a desire that is truly unique to who we are. If you don't believe me, how many of us lie awake at night thinking there's got to be something more, or we're not doing what we're supposed to be doing? Too many of us, sadly. As children we are dreamers. We want to be different things. When I was younger I wanted to be a comedian, then an astronaut, and finally a doctor. As we grow up our dreams change, or to be more correct, we push aside that dreamer's voice. That voice that says it's ok to want to fly jets, or walk on the moon, or paint a masterpiece. We push it aside because we believe we have to do the responsible thing, the adult thing. Abadoning reason for passion is looked upon as weird, wrong, and unbalanced, and yet, those people are the ones who really understand what the world, what we, ourselves, are all about.
As I commute into work each day I constantly see people with sad, tired, lackluster faces. No joy, no life, no desire can be seen. It's another day of monotany. What's wrong with this picture? Why are we all afraid to walk daily in our passion? It relates to fear. We're afraid to take that step, to truly explore that desire that God has burned within each of us. It becomes fainter and fainter as we get older, or perhaps, more truthfully, we learn to ignore it better. We're often afraid to delve into it because of what else we may discover about ourselves. That, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what God wants. He wants us to grab hold of that unquenching fire and never let go. He wants us to explore the depths of ourselves that He's changing to fulfill that passion. In short, He wants us to live in that passion.
Now some of you may have no idea what I'm talking about, others, I personally know you do. Either way here's help. Sit down, close your eyes, relax, and let everything fall away. Ignore the phones, the computer, the tv. Let peace and quiet envelop you. Now, ask yourself, what is your greatest wish. What is your deepest desire? What would you do right now if you could?Is is to become a writer, a teacher, to fly? That answer is just the surface of the true passion God has placed within you. It's not hocus pocus. It's the truth, and a truth I'd forgotten lately.
I have a passion, too, just like us all but like so many people had pushed it aside, ignored it while I went pursing other things. I told myself what I had once believed about me wasn't right and that I had misinterpreted my path. Well, I understand and know differently now. The path I've walked thus far has been all about God using this passion in me. He has great plans for it and I need to be willing to step forth and go. I'm sure you're all itching to know what my desire is but, ha ha, not today. Today, God is calling for you to seek. To hold onto to it and to be willing to overcome that fear and embrace it and truly live. Life may get interesting and paths may be dark, but letting that fire burn freely and truly is the greatest in the world.