Life At Its Best: Pursue your passion
What are you most passionate about? Many of us could list several specific things we most want our lives to accomplish. For some, it may be in the business or science world. For some, it could be music or art. For others, it's to be a great teacher or coach.
Whatever our passion is, we usually feel pretty deeply about it. Just talking, hearing or even thinking about it causes our heart to beat faster. It feels like something is getting ready to burst inside of us.
I felt this way as a young college student. I had a desire to share God's message with people all over the world. But at 19, with only $300 and a broken down van, it didn't seem very realistic. I could barely reach the next city, much less travel the world. I didn't even have the proper skills or qualifications.
But I continued to seek God and study his word. I did my best to obey him one day at a time, and as I did, doors began to open. Before I knew it, I was getting Bible training at a top Christian university. Then I was mentoring under influential pastors, under whom I'd later work.
A few years later, I was serving as a mission's director, sharing God's message with people around the world. And today, I have the privilege to pastor a church filled with amazing people. Through his power and my obedience, God made a way for the passion in my heart to be fulfilled. And he wants to do the same for every one of us.
John 15:7 says, "If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it'll be done for you." Now, God's not talking about fantasies dreamed up in our head in this verse.
He's talking about the strong inclinations he's placed in our hearts. He wants to help us make those things happen. But they only can when we choose to remain in him.
So what does "remaining in him" mean? It means spending time with him on a daily basis. It means taking time to listen to and talk with him. God wants to hear what is in your heart. He wants to lead you down the path that'll cause you to fulfill the desire he's given you. He can give you wisdom and knowledge that you can't get anywhere else.
The second part of the verse instructs us to let his word remain in us, or in other words, to trust his principles that lead to a better life. God's not confused about how to bring our purpose to pass. So why should we be? Instead, we should concentrate on taking one day at a time, trusting that we'll see every desire of our hearts fulfilled.
What dreams are you passionate about pursuing? Share them with God. Seek his wisdom on what steps to take. When it gets hard, remind yourself of his word. With him, no dream is unreachable.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com