Monday, April 18, 2011

Passion ... What makes you tick?

I have really been doing a lot of thinking about this topic.  Passion...what am I passionate about?  You can easily see in some people, what their passion is. My four-year-old loves sports, especially basketball. He plays for hours and begs for anyone to play with him.  He carries a basketball with him to the car and dinner table.  It is very evident what he loves. 


I believe that through my lifetime, my passions have changed.  There are some that will always be there...I am a mom, and I take very seriously this responsibility of raising my boys to be men of integrity.  I am a wife, daughter, sister, and friend.  I do not take those lightly, I want to be the best woman I can be.  When I was a flight attendant, flying and safety was my passion. I LOVED what I did and did it well.  When I married a youth pastor, my passion was teenagers.  When we moved into an associate roll as ministers to young married, I LOVED that. 


Now, as I evaluate my passion, I can say that as I sit with friends and family, my discussion often turns toward people.  People who are hurting, people who have made mistakes, people who need grace, people who are struggling...people like me.  We have had the opportunity to help with two church plants and I have got to say....it has changed me.  I grew up in the church, I understand God's love.  But, as I have had to change my mind set from churched to unchurched, it has done something to me.  What is church?  While I see the importance of gathering together and lifting each other up as believers, what difference are we making?  There are so many people who will not set foot in a church, and I have got to ask, why is that?  I intend to find that out, but I imagine that we haven't shown the world who Jesus really is.  He spent his time with what the religious leaders called, "sinners".  I want to show people who Christ really is.....love, grace, compassion, healing, happiness, companionship, forgiveness, and so much more. 


The excitement has risen in me.  Everyday, as I set out to run errands and live my life, I am consciously making an effort to look around me.  How can I make some one's day better today?  What can I do to serve another today?  THIS IS MY PASSION....