Successful career. Successful relationship.
The list could go on, couldn’t it? The one of things that get in the way of true living. (Notice I didn’t say the list of things wrong to desire.)
But don’t they get in the way?
Of the good moments.
We miss too many of life’s beautiful moments because our focus is in on worrying about something on the list.
They get in the way.
It slows when fear of financial problems, a need to succeed, or managing relationship replaces creative energy.
There’s nothing like fear and striving and worry to zap life’s joy.
Of healthy relationship.
Relationships are harder when we worry about success or think they can be managed.
Of success itself.
How far could we go if life wasn’t driven by the need to succeed? Is it success if we’re constantly grasping and fearing its loss?
What if we lived from passion instead?
Passion to bless.
God and others. In daily interaction. In work, even work that doesn’t feel like calling offers opportunity to bless. In relationships, even when they aren’t fun.
Passion to receive love and share it.
Humans know how to love because they were first loved by their Creator. (We love because He first loved us.) So we take a stand and shout to the world (and mostly that negative, nagging voice in our head), “I am loved!” Then we pause and reflect the love back to its origin. “I love you, too, God!” Then we step into our families, our friendships, our work place, our Facebook groups, our schools, our blogs . . . our life. We step into life and love others with the love we are given.
Passion to move forward as our true selves.
To let the real us, the strong, true, gifted person who wants to bless and love, show up in the world. (Which means we constantly tell the fearful, striving, success-craving, down-on-herself/himself, selfish voices to shut up.) We acknowledge our strengths. Enjoy them, even. Believe that we were designed with a uniqueness this world needs.
What if we stopped chasing success and instead stepped boldly into life from our passion?
Wouldn’t this be the ultimate act of glorifying the One who made us?
Until Next time,
PS These thoughts rolled out this morning as I deal with real life. I write as a sojourner, longing desperately to put aside my self-absorption, worries, and fears to live out my destiny. To be all-in with God and to be put out with fear. To let my neediness fall aside as I focus on my passion. As I seek to trust God with my life instead of grasping for things that cannot fill me up. To be about passionate work with eternal significance, not chasing a paycheck or significance or career advancement. To believe God will supply all my needs and that I am free to go about my Father’s business without letting lesser things slow my productivity and advancement.