"God is looking for people who are passionate about the things he is passionate about" -Joyce Meyer
As I’ve mentioned many times before about my addiction to podcasts, some of my absolute favorites are episodes from The Influence Podcast, The Simple Show, The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey, and The Lively Show (just to name a few). In each of these shows woman come on and talk about the most amazing things they are doing with their life. Creating, pursuing and DOING! Many times as I sit and look where I’m at right now, my life feels a bit underwhelming.
I’ve heard stories of the most ordinary women who do extraordinary things. This does something to me. It gets my adrenaline going hearing about a mom of two who gets an idea to help people in Uganda, picks up her entire family to move there, and starts a nonprofit (solehope.org). Or a girl my age who overcomes heart ache from a divorce and selling her home, decides to travel all over Europe documenting her journey (jesslively.com). Who does that?!
I could go on and on in admiration about so many women who have created a life of purpose with intention. My heart is palpitating fast just thinking about it as I write this. I get butterflies because I have this same desire to do something just as great.
I am a dreamer. I have always had big ideas about what I could do with life. But the fear of failure stops me from pursuing and actually doing, and so many of us are the same way. Why can’t we find the courage to take that leap of faith and pursue what we are passionate about? If we fail, what do we have to lose? You will be back at square one, right where you are now.
My pastor has said time after time “your passion is God’s permission”. Countless times I’ve heard this. However, I’m not sure why it just finally clicked with me a few Sundays ago when he said it again. I know what I am passionate about. The passion inside me scares me because it feels so foreign, with such a huge vision; it’s hard to think about where to begin. But that’s just it- we fail to just begin.
There are thousands upon thousands of people who have written books. Why wouldn’t I be able to? There are countless nonprofits helping people in third world countries. What makes me think I couldn’t do that too? There are women making a difference in other women’s life just by telling their story. What makes me think my story is so insignificant that I can’t inspire as well? We know that fear is not of God. He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, POWER, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). It’s time to pursue.
Emily P. Freeman wrote a book called A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art You Were Made To Live. This book was such an inspiration to me. She talks about how our gifts and passions are an art and we have to use them to bless other people. There is one thing she says in the book that stuck with me. In summary, she says there may be a thousand other people who have done what you want to do. But you can’t let that stop you, because no one has done it like you. She is essentially saying that each of us are unique in our own way. We can’t let the fear of “someone else has already done that” stop us. There is no one else on earth like you. God made each of us unique in our own way, and no one can to do what you want to do, like you can do it.
In my journey to finding grace, I’m trying to live with more intention, and it’s not easy. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks (not that I’m old) but it’s easy to keep doing things the way you’ve always done it. It takes courage to live intentional in a new and fresh way.
Starting today, I challenge each of you to pursue intention. Start by writing your ideas down. If you’re passionate about it, God is giving you permission to pursue it. Start with the question: What am I passionate about? I wrote this same question down and I held back my answer because it seemed too big. Don’t hold back! Write down what your passion is in black and white so you can see it! Make a plan how you can begin to pursue. Start small. Find someone you trust and share your vision. Make a blueprint and begin.
My prayer for me and everyone reading this is that we are bold enough to go to God and ask him to give us permission for our passions. That he will open the right door at the right time. I pray that whatever our passion is, his Kingdom will get the glory for it and that we will not seek his permission for our own fleshly desires. I pray that every distraction will be removed and all fear is cast out. I ask that he will open a door no man can shut and that he sets all of us on the right path to PURSUE and begin to ignite the fire he has placed in us. In Jesus Name I pray these things-
Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV)
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
Thank you for joining me in my journal to Finding Grace…
Enjoy the journey