Passion Gives Purpose

(This post was written by Michael Wallace, High School Pastor)

What’s your passion? Is there something in your life that makes you love getting up in the morning? Or do you simply go through life completing tasks and wearing identities that you feel you’re supposed to be?

I believe that passion is a huge missing component in most of our lives. It starts in grade school. We order our days around someone else’s schedule to learn things we don’t care about. Now, this process is pretty unavoidable, but what I see in so many students that sticks with them through adulthood is a lack of passion.

Our focus becomes the external and not the internal.  We develop this idea that our lives are all about achievement. Our purpose becomes intertwined with our finical or social success. When that becomes our passion, we are missing our purpose completely. God has created each of us uniquely for a specific purpose. He has placed a passion inside of you that will help guide your life. I believe that He may direct that passion to shift at times in your life, but He never wants you to trade in that passion for apathy!

Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “He [God] has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”  The number one passion God has placed inside of us is the notion that something happens after we die.  From the inside out we long for a relationship with our Creator…and that gives us tremendous purpose!

How can you tell if you are living a life of passion? Simple. Ask the people around you. They see you in action….they know your nonverbals and can read your moods. Find out what they think you are passionate about…or if you are passionate at all. Passion gives us purpose….and we can’t truly live without it!