I managed to take in some of the live streaming of the Passion 2012 conference. Amazing!
I imagine the people who planned, produced and participated in the conference are exhilarated and exhausted. That’s what Passion does to you.
So Many Passions
I am passionate about many things. Some are highest priority:
God: Father, Son and Spirit; having an intimate relationship with Him
Becoming the woman God intended me to be and doing all that He created me to do
My family: loving, serving, encouraging them to be and do all God has for them
There are many other things I care about, even am passionate about:
Fulfilling the Great Commission
Using my talents, pursuing my gifts—writing, speaking, encouraging
Lifting up, encouraging God’s daughters
Living out the Great Commandment
Praying for prodigals
Freeing enslaved, trafficked women and children
Serving the poor
Redeeming prisoners and children of prisoners
Loving my neighbor and the person across the globe
As exhilarating as addressing these various passions might be, I could quickly get on passion overload. I could become emotionally and physically exhausted.
At the Passion conference, this generation was called to rise up, to follow Jesus, to be part of bringing freedom to millions of enslaved people around the globe. They were asked to give for freedom—and they did, about $3.5 million. And they were challenged to offer their lives to God to whatever He calls them to.
Living with Passion
Clearly, I can’t do something tangible about all of the things I am passionate about. But I can live out the passions God calls me to. How do I do that? Here are a few general ideas that help me live passionately:
- Seek God and His Kingdom first. He is my main passion, and He says all the rest will be added.
- Know my true priorities and focus on them: family, close friends, job/ministry/calling
- Be developing and living out of the strengths and gifts and passions God has put into me.
- When other needs/opportunities stir up passion in me, I have these responses:
- God, is this something you want me to engage in?
- Do I know someone who might want to be involved in this need?
- Should I give to this?
- Do I have other resources that could help?
- I use social media to make others aware of the need.
- And always, I can make a real and significant contribution to this issue by praying.
Realistically, I seem to live on passion overload a lot, and I often try to do too much. God is helping me to see that I make my best contributions when I focus on His calling and priorities for me. But I can play a role in precipitating passion in others and generating action to meet needs.
And you? What are your passions? How are you living them out?
c 2012 Judy Douglass