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So what is this going to be? A little bit of everything I think. Maybe that's it. What I'm thinking. What I'm believing. I hope what I'm knowing. And why would anyone care what I think I know? There's no reason in the world that you should. But then why are you here? Cuz you have to be somewhere I suppose. I've never been here before. I may not be back. I might get too busy to care; time is short. That's fine. Nobody can deal with it all at once. There is a lot to deal with.

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I try not to take myself too seriously, but I know I have far too much. So I'm trying to learn how to laugh again, as I had forgotted for a while there. Also I'm relearning to enjoy life; you know, like when we were kids. The biggest challenge ahead is learning how to love God with all my heart, and soul, and mind, and strength. This one is not really that hard when you know the truth. But along with it comes learning to love others as I love myself, and that one is, as they say, "a horse of a whole different color." I think I need to learn to love myself a little more, but the problem may be that I know all these facts about me. Sometimes the facts are simply wrong or they are just stuck in the past. I'm trying to get my facts to line up with the truth. As someone once asked a great man, "what is truth?" If he had only known.

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Friday, August 31, 2007


pas·sion (păsh' un) n.

1. A powerful emotion, such as love or joy.
2. a. Ardent love. b. The object of such love or desire.
3. Boundless enthusiasm.

These are just a part of the definition for the word "passion," but they are the parts that I want to think about for just a moment. A mentor of mine was speaking into my life the other day, when he began to tell me about the power source for my life. Or for any person's life for that matter. That power source is your passion. Everyone may have a different passion, but everyone should have one.

  • Passion produces purpose for your life.

  • Passion will push you past the problem.

  • Passion will cause you to expect more, go farther, accomplish greater, and get the best from every day.

Now you will need to watch out for the "passion poisoners." These are the people that will try to undermine your passion. They may not realize what they are doing or they may be quite well aware of what they are doing. It doesn't really matter which one they are, because either one can do damage if you let them.

Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, because out of it flow the springs of life (or out of your heart flows your passion). Proverbs 4:23 (paraphrased)

(One word of warning: Guard your heart, but don't fortify it. There are enough walls in the world without building any around the one thing that holds your passions. You want to watch out for those who would poison your passions, but you don't want to keep out the ones who may become your passion.)

As one who has chosen to follow God, and His Son, Jesus, as Lord and Savior, let me say that for me, my passion is becoming, more and more, about knowing and loving God and His people. And speaking of choosing, my mentor mentioned a part about being passionate that I had not expected. He says that passion is not a feeling; it is a choice! What? I thought that passion was something that we just wake up and feel each day. Whether it is passion for a person or for a career or maybe even for God. Not necessarily. We may be passionate about something or someone, but most all of us, if we have lived long enough, have had the experience of waking up one day and not feeling that love or passion anymore. We have to choose that passion again. We have to choose to live with passion each day. Even if we don't think that we have a passion, choose to live with passion. You (and I) will be surprised to discover that we find things that we want to be passionate about. And while we are talking...may I suggest that you choose to find out about the God I know. Just ask Him to become real to you. Let Him show you about a passion you can choose every day for the rest of your life.
~ rachman


Blogger Clay Feet said...

I really liked your thoughts on this subject. I can't remember anyone really focusing on this subject very much, but it has become of great interest to me lately. In my own study I have discovered that the word (mis)translated wrath in the Bible really means passion which has subsequently radically changed my whole picture of God. The things you said here added a lot to that.
One thing that came to my mind while reading your piece was that the "spring of living water" that Jesus talked about us having when connected to Him would be very much what you describe here. The spring opened up in our hearts is really just an outlet of the passion of God flowing through us.
All the more reason to guard, but not block, our hearts.
Good thoughts here.

29/9/07 5:59 PM  
Blogger rachman said...

Hi C.F.

Good to hear from you, my friend. Thank you for your kind words and thank you for the added insight on the subject of passion. I love that about "the spring of living water," being the passion of God flowing through us. So be it!

Thanks for coming by to visit. Walk in the blessing of God. Till next time.


29/9/07 11:02 PM  

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