In the next few days, I would like to share with you an analogy I made from looking at the apostle Peter’s story. I found out that pursuing one’s passion can be a roller coaster ride and I saw that happen in Peter’s life. I haven’t traveled much in my own road but I believe that if we look at this example, we might get something out of it.
People talk about passion a lot these days. We have been filled with a lot of passion pep talks about following your heart and all that jazz. But seldom do we see people really sitting down and taking this passion thing seriously. I mean, everyone makes it look like the passion is going to come one day like an eagle sweeping you off your feet and all you have to do is go with the flow, ride at its back and you will fly! Just like that!
But what if your passion has a cost? Will you be willing to pay for it? What if that passion involves leaving a job that has been your comfort zone for years? When Peter was called by Jesus, he knew what he was about to leave something behind. I think he had been a fisherman for the longest time, but when Jesus called him to be a fisher of man- it struck a cord inside him that he was willing to pay any cost for this new but unfamiliar passion.
“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. [Matthew 4:19-20, NIV]
Whether Peter counted the cost properly or not, is not important now, because what we know is that, Peter eventually threw his whole life to following Jesus. But the bible clearly tells us that whatever it is that we are going to do, specially if you will be doing it for the rest of your life (i.e. your passion) you MUST always count the cost. Jesus Himself told people this even before following Him:
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? [Luke 14:28, NIV]
To some it may mean paying to be educated in their area of passion; for some it may mean leaving a place of comfort; to some leaving relationships, either physically or totally- what’s your passion worth to you? Are you willing to throw your whole life for it? A big passion with a bigger purpose doesn’t come cheap.
count the cost, life, Luke 14:28, Matthew 4:19-20, passion, Peter