Archives For Passion

Daisies on green nature background, stages of growthOne of life’s recurring questions is “What should I be doing with my life?”. Perhaps a better question is “How has God designed me?”.

What if we looked at our makeup from six vantage points? That is, what if we could discern in a practical way how God made us?

Let’s take a closer look at David and see how this plays out from a practical viewpoint.

Desire. All of us have desires or passions. When David met Goliath, David had a passion for the glory of God. He simply could not tolerate anyone disparaging the name of God.

1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NLT)

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that theLord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is theLord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

David was frustrated that someone would speak about God the way Goliath did.

Experience. David spent many lonely nights out in the field leading and protecting the sheep. We find out later that he had actually killed both a lion and a bear barehanded. Those experiences would soon prove valuable. He had no experience wearing the attire of a soldier, so he resorted to his experience with the sling.

1 Samuel 17:38-39 (NLT)

38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before.

“I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again.

However, David had a lot of experience with a sling. David was able to use that experience to kill the giant.

Spiritual Gifts. Rather than paint David into a corner, it becomes obvious that he has the gift of leadership. He does things leaders do. He takes the initiative. He takes responsibility. He casts a daunting vision.

Romans 12:6-8 (NLT) lists several spiritual gifts. The list is not exhaustive, but it does give you an idea. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

I will only comment on the gift of leadership since space here is limited. As a leader David took his responsibility seriously.

In my next post we’ll look at the remaining components of your profile.

Before you get the idea that I am a little out of date, I am not talking about digital technology.  Plus most of us have converted to using our phones as our PDAs.

I want to address three huge issues in all of our lives.  As you know I often draw life lessons from the sports world, and while watching this past weekend these three stood out and were difference makers.

If one of these three is missing you may wind up beating yourself.

Let me illustrate.

P is for Passion.  Even sports fans have little desire to watch games that lack passion.  It’s not unusual for NBA fans to skip most of the regular season and only tune in for the playoffs.  I confess, I fit into that category.

During the San Francisco/Carolina game Steve Smith brought the passion in the first half.  However, after he got banged up he showed less passion.  As his passion subsided so did the teams.

It’s not unusual for one person on a team to fuel the passion for the rest of the team.  During the second half as Carolina’s passion weakened the game eventually got away from them.

A high level of passion would have made a difference in the second half and perhaps changed the outcome of the game.

Passion alone can sometimes make all the difference.

So when you head out the door take passion with you.  Take it to work.  Take it to your next meeting. Take it to your next conversation.

Passion; How is the first trait of your personal PDA?