Last time I blogged, I confessed that I felt like I had been in the “time out chair.” I’ve spent a good amount of time in that chair, going from day-to-day life asking God where my passion had gone….I was beginning to think that I was passion-less. I was beginning to think I had stopped being passionate about my opportunities, my future, and my ministry.
My oldest son is a fifth grader and his teacher assigned the class a “passion” project last week. I just giggled to myself because I thought, ” this will be interesting. Does a 10-year-old know what his passion is?” To my surprise, he had an entire page list of his passions and even had written a paragraph explaining what “passion” was to him. In his words, “passion is the tiny flame that is started when you love…Its a lot of things. It’s what you’re doing for fun, not for money.”
I love that. So simple. I was humbled to see all of his passions written out on paper when I had been searching so earnestly for my own ONE true “passion.” I was making it complicated. It isn’t complicated.
You see, I haven’t ever felt anything BUT passion for my family, but it was almost like any outside identity of myself and my own passions had faded dimly into the corner of my mind. I wonder if any other moms, or thirtysomething’s, can relate? It is easy to get locked into our daily routines. It is easy to be single-minded and lose focus of our passions. It is easy to stop dreaming about our “big ideas.” Sure we have hobbies that we enjoy, but what are we most passionate about?
So,I finally realized that my passion hadn’t left me…I finally discovered what my passion really is, in fact, it was so profound to me that I nearly laughed myself out of the chair. I was looking for some “great” idea, and God simply revealed to me that my passion IS, and ALWAYS has been, PEOPLE.
I love people.
People are my most treasured blessings. The Bible says it is the second most important commandment, love God and love your neighbor. (Mark 12:31) Too often I forget that is an important part of my purpose here on this earth.
I love hearing people’s stories, I love having people in our home, I love getting to know their families, I love serving in our church with them, I love serving them. I just love people. Big people and small people. All people. I am passionate about helping people grow in their faith, I am passionate about being a good friend, and I am passionate about family. Biological or the family you make by choice. I am a PEOPLE LOVER! Revolutionary, right? It really isn’t. It’s simple. I want to love others well, and that can be hard. Messy even. I’ll take messy or hard over passion-less A-N-Y-D-A-Y!
That doesn’t really fit into the little box that I thought my “passion” would belong in, but I wanted to share. I can’t be the only one that has been wondering if their passions were still burning! We should live PASSIONATELY!
Feel free to tell me what you are passionate about here on the blog, chances are I am passionate about you and would love to hear from you!
All our love!