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Find Your Passion

Yesterday my friend,  Ron Almberg wrote a very interesting article entitled “Human Capacity”.  I encourage you to read it when you have a moment.  It got me thinking about the subject he was writing about – talents and gifts that we all possess and how they are used.  Also the age-old question, “why does ‘so and so’ have more talent or gifts than I do”?

As I pondered this question and others like it that he brings up in this article – I was keenly aware of those on programs like American Idol and other reality shows – who may think they are really gifted and talented – only to have the truth plainly spoken to them by others with both experience and insight in that field to tell them – they are not.  As a musician I am very interested in this subject and I can’t tell you how many “gifted” children and adults who have walked through my doors over the years.  Well at least they thought they were.

There may be something that you have a passion for – but reality sets in and you may have to give that dream up – because your dream or goal may be unrealistic in comparison to your gifting and talent.  I looked up the word ‘passion’ and here’s what I found:

1.

any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.

strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.

2.
strong sexual desire; lust.an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.

3.

a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.

4.

a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.

5.

the object of such a fondness or desire:

Accuracy became a passion with him.

6.

an outburst of strong emotion or feeling:

I believe you can have a ‘passion’ for something and yet – lack the talent or skill needed to accomplish a personal goal.  How many times have you heard the judges tell a contestant, “Singing is not going to be your career – you need to find something else” and while those words may be a HUGE blow to someone – ( we see the outbursts and tears don’t we?) – it may be the biggest favor that these strangers could give to that person.

I believe with my whole heart that NOT getting everything we’re desperately wanting – we’re passionate about – may be the greatest gift we ever get.  Not getting everything we ask for – is sometimes for our own good.

So what am I saying?  Don’t work hard at anything we’re passionate about?  No way.  But I believe that God “gifts” everyone in different ways – and it is our job to find what uniquely makes us different and special from all the rest. Not trying to fit into something we’re not – not trying to be a pro athlete if we’re not given special ability – or to be an artist – if we have trouble even making stick people.  Find out what makes you unique – and where you have abilities that only you have – better than anyone else.  Can you pray?  Do you have a passion for interceding for your friends and family – how about missionaries?  Then be that prayer warrior.  No one can pray like you can!  Do you have a special ability to work with your hands?  Do you like to build things?  Do you love to bless people?  Just know this:  No one can do that as well as you can!

We are happiest and most joyful when we find and operate in the boundaries of what God has gifted us to do.  As soon as you discover what that is – ask someone you are close  to – to  confirm it.  Soon you will be soaring – sharing what is unique to you.  No copycat attempts – just a special and gifted…YOU!

God Bless

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Comments on: "Find Your Passion" (4)

  1. I don’t think it’s always accurate when someone tells another that something isn’t their gift. I have heard too many times where great singers, authors or artists were told to hang it up and we thank God today they didn’t listen.

    I also know that, while someone may be gifted to do something and have a passion for it, they may not feel like they are making a difference. My pastor told us recently that many who feel passionate about sharing the Gospel don’t feel anyone is listening. One story he told us is where one man did so much for about 50 years and never saw the fruit of his labor until the end of his life when he was told of how he had impacted so many who went on to do the same for others.

    I believe we should pray and follow where we feel God leading us whether or not the world embraces us in the mission or we see results.

    • Well – while I agree that sometimes it is not accurate – you still have to be willing to take advice from people when you ask their advice – particularly in an area of expertise. Sometimes people go to the “wrong” person for advice – or even a person that will solidify an already growing insecurity about a particular gift. Weird as it sounds – if they get “permission” not to use their gift because the “wrong” person tells them, “you’ve got no future kid” – then they take it! I’m not referring to that obviously – or to those that really are gifted and have a passion to do something with their life – no matter who tries to hinder them – I’m actually referring to those who seek out advice from experts. For example: I don’t care how talented you think you are – if you come to me and ask my professional opinion – and if you start to sing something for me and then proceed to tell me – no matter what I think – you’re going to make it big and be a big famous singing star some day – and I don’t hear any talent to back your claim – I am going to have to be honest with you. Yes – it may dash your dreams – but you may have so many other gifts to focus on – if you let that one go. I don’t know of too many people who have made it big in the recording arena – who don’t have anything to back up their boasts – unless it’s money and a great producer or back up vocalists. This can and does happen – but if the person singing lead doesn’t have it to begin with – it will quickly fade.
      I believe that as believers we ALL have a responsibility to let our light shine – be an influence and a living testimony to those around us – no matter what others may say about it – it is just truth.

  2. Isn’t this a liberating idea, Cindy? Good thoughts on the same topic! I like them. Embracing and enjoying who God has made us is the beginning of learning to really find joy in the journey. I’m humbled that you’d reference my article and that it spoke to you. Thanks for adding to it and continuing the discussion. I think it’s something we all need to hear, think about, talk about and encourage one another with on our journeys.

    • Thanks Ron – you are a real inspiration to me and have given me many areas to think about – challenge myself with and write about! This is such an important topic – even though I messed out my layout in the process of trying to copy and paste those definitions – I am finally back on track! Whew!

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