Several times over this past weekend I heard individuals suggest or encourage the idea of living with passion. It was such a recurring theme that is seemed liked maybe I should consider it for a while. The idea expressed in multiple ways to me this weekend was one of living life to the fullest, being excited, having enthusiasm and really staying engaged in your life. There was also an element of purpose and intent mixed in the messages as well.
I have been considering these thoughts all weekend and what it means to live with passion. I am still not exactly sure, but I do think that you can’t do it if you don’t get up each and every day and approach the day as a gift from God. My thoughts led me this morning in Philippians, first the fourth chapter and then back into the third right to these words:
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV)
12-14I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. (MSG)
I certainly have not mastered passionate living, but I will continue to consider it. However, one thing I know, I am putting my eye on the goal and I am not turning back. Maybe thats the starting line?
Go, get off the line and live! Give it your all, focus on the prize and live for him.
And if you have any ideas on passionate living, share them!