Thirteen of us from Northminster attended the Global Leadership Summit early in August. One of the takeaways was the level of passion of the exhibited by the presenters. We found ourselves asking, “How do we develop that kind of passion at Northminster?”
Our word passion is from the Latin word for suffer. The kind of passion I am talking about here (“an intense desire or enthusiasm for something”) is like having a fire burning inside you, the way fire burns inside a locomotive to produce energy, power and drive.
When it comes to enthusiastic, driving passion, people are like helium balloons: over time passion leaks out and we lose altitude. We don’t have the zip we used to have. Life becomes just going through the motions—the opposite of what Jesus intends for us (John 10:10).
On Sunday I shared several things that cause passion to leak out of our lives, and suggested that the list can help us patch the leaks. Here’s the checklist.
• An Unclear Purpose
When you lose your vision, your sense of where you’re heading, you lose passion.
• An Unbalanced Schedule
If you are overextended, you’re going to lose your passion.
Someone observed that conflict is like having a flat tire—”When you experience conflict with somebody, passion leaks out of your life and you’re riding on the rim.”
• Losing Touch with Your Belovedness
The voice that spoke to Jesus after his baptism (“This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17) is trying to break through to you. God’s still, small voice is whispering, “You are my beloved child, I am well-pleased with you!” When you stop hearing the voice that calls you Beloved, you lose passion.
• An Undernourished Soul
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 (“People need more than bread in their life. Real life comes by feeding on every word of God.”). God uses the Bible to draw us close and to patch the leaks of passion.
• An Unapplied Truth
James 1:22 puts it this way: “Remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself.” Not putting into practice the truth you are learning drains passion from your life.
• An Unexpressed Faith
The fact is God wants to deliver a message to the world through you. You don’t have to be a theologian or a Bible scholar, you simply have to be willing to share with others what God has done in your life. Not doing so kills passion.
Passion is the creative force behind all great music, art and literature. Passion pushes us to be our best. Without passion we are dull and life is monotonous.
So, do you have any leaks that need patching?