Recently my husband was picking up our 10 year old son from school. As he arrived, he overheard an exchange between my son and one of his classmates, a spunky young lady. She asked Elijah what he was going to do when he got home. His answer was “Play video games”. She scrunched up her face and looked intently at him and said, “But, what is your passion? You should spend your time on what you are passionate about?” I can certainly imagine the look on my young man’s face as he said “Huh?”. So she proceeded to clarify, “What do you enjoy doing? What brings you to life? What can you just not live without?” According my husband Elijah shrugged his shoulders and said, “Video Games” and walked away.
While the complexity and significance of this question was lost on my 10 year old son, the truth is it is an excellent question, one we should all be asking ourselves. So often it is easy to get caught up in a rut, doing the same thing day after day. We find ourselves simply living to meet the demands of everyone else around us. We live to please our parents, our kids, our bosses, or civic and church leaders. Our lives become consumed with other people’s priorities. We do what we have to do rather than what we want to do. Our lives become a little like ground hog day, the same day after day.
Welcome to adulthood!! In the midst of the daily grind, we get bored, we begin to feel dead on the inside, we grow weary, we get depressed because life has not turned out like we expected. We want passion back in our lives. We want to be like this young lady– oozing with excitement, wonder and DELIGHT!! JOY!!! PASSION!!!!
The problem is we go looking for it in all of the wrong places and our lives can become a train wreck if we are not careful. We wrongly believe that a new job, a new relationship, a new house–really anything new and shiny will unlock the mystery of our hearts and open the floodgates for passion to be unleashed. I’m not saying new things are bad, but the feeling we get from new won’t last–it’s a quick fix, fleeting and temporary.
As I seek to ask myself the question, What is my passion? I’m realizing an important truth. Passion is a Person. Jesus is the one who brings me to life because He is my life. My life is a journey where I am learning who He is and He is revealing who I am in Him. I am made in His image. My life flows freely from Him and He alone makes my life dance. He has the key to unlock the fullness of my life.
In our quest for passion, we try to re-brand our life, but Jesus wants to renew our hearts.
He is calling us to truth, faithfulness, obedience, humility, love, sacrifice, compassion, kindness in our PRESENT circumstances. He is calling us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him.
Here’s some pics of my video-game loving son who was recently baptized by his dad. PASSION!!