I’m going to TRY not to overuse the word “passion” in this post, but it’s so hard because I’m so PASSIONATE about pursuing your PASSION! See I’m already off to a bad start, oh well!
Today is exciting because this is the beginning of a three-part series all about pursuing your passion. I truly believe each of us is equipped with a skill and heart for something that isn’t like anyone else. God gave us our passions to be used for His glory. So first up, we’re talking about discovering what that passion is. Here’s a look at the other parts to this series:
- What Are You Passionate About?
- Finding Time for Your Passion
- Financing Your Passion
- 4 Women Chasing Powerful Passions
Discovering Your Passion
We all have passions, no matter where you are in life AND we’re all capable of living them out. It takes a dedication of time and money, which we’ll get to in the weeks ahead, but first you have to pin down what you’re truly passionate about and brings you joy.
When you pin down what exactly fires you up, two things happen, you find greater joy in your current season of life and you begin to build a future where you’re doing what you love for God’s glory. How awesome is that?
Most of us have at least an idea of what brings us joy. For me, it’s always been writing. It took me a while though to really develop that passion and make a plan for it. Writing always seemed too broad for me. What was I passionate about writing? Who was I writing for? WHY was I writing? Wrestling with those questions was a really defining moment for me, which also inspired the creation of The Joyful Story!
I believe there are three areas that really define our passions and will help us develop them to take action. Spend some time thinking about your answers to each of these and even jot them down in your journal
All of us have experiences that happened in our past that impact us forever. Whatever it is, it impacted you in a big way and now you want others to learn from your experience. You can use these past experiences to reach other people who have similar experiences. Your past does not define your future, but I guarantee someone else has gone through it too. What have you gone through that you don’t want anyone else to experience? What’s something that really impacted you in a positive way that you want more people to pursue? Use the story God wrote for you to help other people find joy and freedom in their story.
God equips each of us with a unique skill set that can’t be matched by anyone else. I truly believe that the passions God gives us are things that we’re good at or comes natural. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think that just because you’re good at somethings you should be passionate about it too. It’s definitely a balance of love and skill. Discovering what we’re good at though is a great starting point to defining our passions. Sometimes skills are just a way to further a passion you already have. Maybe you’re great at public speaking (God bless you!) and you can use that to further your passion for high school girls ministries. God gave you skills for a reason (YES you have skills!) so put them to good use!
Your passion may have nothing to do with a past experience or skill. Sometimes our passions are driven by what tugs on our heart, actual circumstances that God convicts us to do something about. This could be a cause, a people group, a ministry, or anything that’s filled with a lot of hurt. For Christians, overseas missions is a powerful passion that people follow with a radical faith. God placed a conviction on them to go bring His Word to that country. I knew a girl in college who was passionate about prison ministry, and every Wednesday night she went with a group of women to visit and share the gospel with women in prison. Listen to God speak to your heart and ask Him where He wants you to do His work. He will give you the passion and heart to bring healing and the gospel to your convictions!
Passions are important! It’s what drives us to get out of bed every morning. Passion brings us true joy and when used for the glory of God, it’s powerful! Whether you’re a stay at home mom, full-time worker, or anywhere in between, you can pursue your passion. Think through what brings you joy in life and what in your past, skills, and convictions add to that passion. Now that you know where your passion came from you can go take action!
Now, how do you dedicate time to grow and excel in your passion when you have LIFE happening all around you? Head over to part 2 of the series, Finding Time for Your Passion, and we’ll chat about it!
Let’s hear it! What are YOU passionate about? How are you pursuing your passion? Sound off in the comments!