Small boats or big ships need an anchor. The anchor keeps them where they need to be. It prevents them from drifting away.
If your passion is the thing you do, then that thing needs to be anchored somewhere. Hopefully, something bigger than yourself. Hopefully your passion isn’t anchored only on things that are temporary: like a nicer car, a bigger house or a bigger bank account (though all of these are good).
I was talking to a friend a few weeks ago and whenever we talk, he always emphasizes on how insatiable the human spirit is. Like an ocean whirlpool pointlessly sucking up everything in its path. Just when you thought you’ve reached your dream, your spirit longs for more, and more, and more.
Our passion is our ship. This ship can take you to places. If you are passionate in what you do, it won’t take long, you’ll get recognized and opportunities will come. If you are after temporal things- if your passion is anchored on money, fame or power, you will say yes to all opportunities that can give you these things. Your passion will then become a tool for you to just accumulate and suck up pointlessly- like a whirlpool. After all of these things around you, you might ask yourself this question “Why am I here anyway? Why am I doing these things?” and I hope you find the answer- because if not, then you might have forgotten one thing.
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? [Ecclesiastes 1:3, NLT]
I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. 5 I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. [Ecclesiastes 2:4,5 NLT]
I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire! [Ecclesiastes 2:8, NLT]
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” [Ecclesiastes 1:2 NLT]
If your passion is the “what”, then you need the “why”. The “why” is your PURPOSE.
The purpose of your passion brings meaning to it. It defines which opportunities are worth pursuing and which aren’t. It defines the “win”. Because if you do not define the win, then everything is. Pointless. Meaningless. Peter knew where his passion is anchored on, he knew WHO he was following. When Jesus asked Peter who He was, he knew what to say:
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” [Matthew 16:16]
“Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.” [John 6:27, The Message]
Peter made bold steps of faith and achieved bigger things for his passion and eventually, he was more than willing to die for it. Why? Because his purpose is bigger than himself. He knew what he would do and he knew why he was doing it.
You may be the most sincere and passionate person in the world but if you do not have a purpose, then the meaning is lost. Stop drifting away, know what your purpose is.
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