It is time to dive into the second part of discovering our passions in our year long look at living intentionally. If you missed part one, you can find it here.
God is the author and perfecter of your life. He has put you in this world for such a time as this and placed you within your family, community, employment, and ministry. He intends to use you as you are, in those particular situations. He knows exactly how He wired you and longs to draw out your full potential.
By discovering your passion, you can seek opportunities to operate in that strength within your domain. Your passion becomes a secret weapon in keeping you from wanting someone else’s life, when you realize that your life is part of God’s perfect design. Through looking closely at the uniqueness of your circumstances and wiring — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful — you will discover how God is using all of it to shape and define your Kingdom purposes for His glory.
Once you’ve identified what you are passionate about (using the resources provided here), you can turn to the Scriptures for capturing your passion in a verse. This, in essence, becomes a guiding verse, also known as a life verse. Of course, you might have more than one if your passions are varied. This guiding verse can be used to remind you of the calling God has put on your life as you make decisions and strive to keep healthy boundaries. A life verse that reflects your passions also provides hope during times of discouragement and trials.
To understand the purpose of discovering your passion and the benefit of selecting a guiding verse, consider this scenario: Imagine you are approached by your church to be involved in children’s ministry, because they recognize your commitment to raising your young children and assume, therefore, that you must be passionate about children’s ministry. What they may not realize, however, is that your passion isn’t children per se, but motherhood and family. They may not be aware of the fact that your true passions lie in caring for the elderly and you spend time each week visiting a nursing home. While saying yes to serving as a Sunday School teacher may look like a good thing — and a God thing — serving this way could be an incredible source of frustration and emotionally drain you as you are pressed beyond your natural wiring and God-given passions.
What if you already find yourself committed to a responsibility that is outside of your passions?
As a Christian, it is so important to follow through with your commitment and seek God to meet you in that place, teaching you whatever He has in store. However, in the next opportunity that arises for you to extend yourself, consider whether it lines up with God’s purposes for your life as you consider your natural and unique passions.
Discovering your passion is a wonderful way to hit the pause button on life as you inventory the past and praise God for His provisions. By seeing His purposes worked out in the most intricate ways, you will find that your faith will grow strong and your confidence in the Lord will grow dramatically. As you move forward, seeking opportunities to operate within your passions, you will find that your life becomes more and more of a spiritual act of worship as you seek to answer the call the Lord has put on your life for His utmost glory.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1
Application & Reflection
- If you haven’t already done so, take the time to download the Passions Worksheet and use it to discover your God-given passions.
- When you feel ready, capture what God has revealed to you and share it in a blog post. Then link up with us in a comment below.
Make the most of a collection of free resources available at Passion and Purpose Life Coaching.
Come back on the March 1st for our next part in the Living Intentionally Series.