Had a very fruitful discussion yesterday with my friends in church. We talked about our strengths. We started out by laying down the foundations about how God is so much involved, in who we are and our desires in life, our passions and even our personalities (see Psalm 139:13). How our “personalities” are, biologically speaking, formed even before we go to school and be exposed to the world.
After a while we were able to get to talk about our strengths and how to determine it. What we are passionate about. Marcus Buckingham wrote a book called Go Put Your Strengths To Work that gave me an idea how to discern a person’s strength/s. We started simply by asking the question:
What makes you feel strong?
Then we recalled specific Activities from the past that made us feel strong.
What is it that you did last week, a specific activity, that made you wanting to do it more. An activity that may leave you physically tired but refreshed. Something you cannot wait to do again. And some other question leading to our individual and unique strengths.
There were 6 of us, and, we’ve got a 3D designer and an accountant feeling strong about what they do at work everyday. There is one who was not yet working but showed passion that might point him to his future career. Yet, there were some that showed passion on things that are not necessarily in their job description.
BPO and IT persons showing strength and passion in music…
Their passions weren’t just hobbies- they were real! Passions that they successfully and almost instinctively do. In fact most of them had already done some side-stints with it.
These conversations I had with them and a lot more, prompted me to ask…what if your [God given] passion, that would someday lead to your real purpose, is not inline with your current job? Do you quit?
I remembered my conversation with a woman a few days ago , she said something has been bothering her in her work lately- after some time, she just have 101 reasons to leave. She’s just not being excellent and productive anymore with her work. Most importantly, as we were talking, we realized that her job is not where her passion is, because passion and love for your work, like a loving relationship with another human being, should stand the test of time.
If you believe that God should be part of your major decisions in life, such as quitting your job, the bottom line is for us to WAIT….
Yes, each of you should remain as you were when God called you. Are you a slave? Don’t let that worry you—but if you get a chance to be free, take it. [1 Corinthians 7:20-21, NLT]
until God speaks….
As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “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 4:18-20, NIV]
No, I don’t mean you wait until Jesus literally walks up to you and say get out of there. I mean we seek His direction through the wisdom we get from His written words and the people He has placed around us.
But what if leaving our job is not an option- at least not in the immediate reality? Maybe because of a financial issue or maybe because you are bonded by a contract or for some reason you just don’t think God wants you to leave yet (sorry for flashing the “God card” again, I hope you catch my flow).
My personal answer is…so what?
Knowing your passion is not about quitting jobs. Sometimes you just don’t realize how much effort you could do to actually squeeze in your passion in your typical work week. Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church, recounted that, while he was working for his uncle in a paint shop, he would listen to recorded preaching on his earphones. He admitted he really sucked at being a painter but he didn’t allow that to prevent him from doing something about his real passion..preaching God’s word.
Transform your week, everyday, so that you do something about that passion. I don’t think its impossible. You can make baby steps..and you know what? If that passion is for real, then it will stand the test of time. Time will come when you will have the opportunity that you can then pursue what you really love to do. Do not drown out that dream just yet, but for now, be faithful where God has placed you and know that He has plans for you.
I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. [ Jeremiah 29:11, The Message]
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