a reason for passion

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Passion isn’t sustainable unless it is rooted in something more than a whim.  For me, my passion is linked with my utter faith that my belief in Jesus has set me free.  My life’s purpose is for others to live and make choices out of freedom, rather than guilt or shame or obligation.  Because my passion is set on something that is bigger than me–I am able to weather the bad days and the boredom and the waiting and the hard work that come with living your “big thing”.

Maybe your passion is planted on the idea that the Earth is worth protecting.  Maybe it stands firm on the unwavering desire to see orphans find homes.  Maybe you are stuck on the fact that love is healing and love is worth it.  Maybe you believe every man, regardless of color, should be equal.

Whatever your passion is, it must–absolutely must–be founded in something bigger than yourself.  No matter how big you are, you are not big enough.  There is an end to you, there is an end to your strength, there is an end to your knowledge, there is an end to your focus.  But, where you are small and where you lack–a firm and steadfast belief in something bigger than you can carry you through.

For Christians this week is Passion Week–the week leading up to Jesus’ resurrection (Easter).  I am going to be away from my computer for the weekend to spend the time enjoying loved ones and rest and celebration and Springtime.  I hope you’ll spend the weekend with people you love and who love you!

The more posts in this series, check out The Passion Proposition.

13 Comments

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Monica Brown

    Amazing. Choices out of freedom instead of guilt, shame or obligation. That is going to stick with me forever. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Catherine Denton

    It’s true. Unless our passion’s foundation is deep, it won’t last. Thanks for this.
    Catherine Denton

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Jacquie Snell

    Jesus Jesus, how I trust Him how I’ve proved Him o’er and O’er
    Jesus Jesus precious Jesus o for grace to trust Him more :)

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    eileen marie

    GREAT point! My passion is educating children. While I am pretty miserable at my current job, I realize inspiring children is BIGGER than all of the red tape & other nonsense!
    Happy Easter, Hayley. Enjoy this time with your family celebrating the coming of the Lord!

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Brittany

    “…live and make choices out of freedom, rather than guilt or shame or obligation.” This is so profound and truly touched my heart. I’m on a journey discovering the amazing freedom we have in Christ, and how he so desires for us to simply enjoy and love on him. Not only that, but he also desires for us to realize he gave us this freedom with no strings attached and gave out of pure love. Amazing! Great thought provoking and inspiring post for this Good Friday :o)

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Emily

    @Monica and @Brittany – I am with you — that line made my heart light up when I read it.

    You are completely right, Hayley, in order for it to survive it needs deep roots!– something great to keep in mind when working on my heart about the direction of my passion and discerning whether setbacks are truly setbacks or just readjusting the means to the same end :)

    Happy Easter to you and yours!

  • Reply April 6, 2012

    Mandy

    Wow this is so true- if your passions aren’t rooted in something bigger than yourself, they don’t last. My passion is to help the orphaned street children in the Philippines, which why I chose to go back to school and begin pursuing my dream of becoming a doctor. Such an undertaking would be short lived without deeply-rooted passion. If I had chosen this route on a whim, I would have quit already. But, it is hard to stay focused on the end goal at times because I’m in school and working a job that is totally unrelated to my career. The in-between stages of pursuing your passions can be tough :) I’m excited to keep reading this series. Thanks for sharing your heart!

    • Reply April 21, 2012

      Anna

      As someone of Filipino descent and having lived there for many years before my father retired from the military and we all moved back to the States I’d like to commend you on your goals and thank you for your unwavering passion. The orphans in the Philippines need more people like you.

  • Reply April 7, 2012

    Natasha

    wonderful reminder!

  • Reply April 9, 2012

    17 Perth

    My favorite lines…….

    “For me, my passion is linked with my utter faith that my belief in Jesus has set me free. My life’s purpose is for others to live and make choices out of freedom, rather than guilt or shame or obligation.”

    Yes! I just recently went through breaking free and boundaries and it is so so true. Jesus did set us free and He wants us to live fulfilled and with joy in Him. For years I lived out of guilt or because I “should” do something or because it is “expected”. Not anymore. Thank you Jesus!
    Great Post.

  • Reply April 10, 2012

    Cheri @ Sharing Cheri

    I love you and your writing- and I don’t even know you. Thank you for letting God use you through blogging. Delightful!

  • Reply April 21, 2012

    Anna

    How incredibly true. Without a deeper meaning passion is rather short lived. I’m still trying to pinpoint my deeper passion, I have so many that draw me. Every day I feel like I’m getting closer to pinpointing it. Your posts on passion are helping quite a bit.

  • Reply April 24, 2012

    Sam Allen

    One of my favorite parables is the sower and the seed and how important it is to be truly rooted. Love this passion series!

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