For the most part, much of America is really struggling to be passionate about life!
4 out of 5 Americans feel that they lack passion in their lives. - Harris Poll, 2007
That means only 20% of Americans woke up today saying, “Come on, let’s go for it!”
Why is passion so hard to come by? What is it?
Passion is - “A strong feeling, a great devotion and intense conviction which fuels or motivates us toward compelling action.”
How do I know if I have a godly passion?
Look at your kids. Generally, your kids will catch your passion. At least, up to a certain age your kids will reflect your passion. They will tend to embrace what matters to you and reject what you dislike.
Look at your checkbook. Where you spend your money betrays your passion. Are you spending it on yourself and your wants and wishes? The register at the back of your checkbook does not lie. It may be revealing to look at it once and awhile.
Look at your date book. Where you spend your time shows your passion. How much of your leisure time is devoted to faith, family or friends? How much is dedicated to your favorite stuff? Your Day-Timer doesn't lie. Your record will reveal your passions.
Joy, according to this verse, is an indication of the source of your passion. Do you find joy in serving God and His people?
Faithfulness in serving, praying and sharing is a third evidence that your passion is genuine and godly.
A church that has passion is a church where "Discouraged folks cheer up, dishonest folks fees up, sour folks sweeten up, closed folk, open up, gossipers shut up, conflicted folks make up, sleeping folks wake up, lukewarm folk, fire up, dry bones shake up, and pew potatoes stand up! But most of all, Christ the Savior of the entire world is lifted up."
Passion has positive power!
How do I know I have passion? I have joy as I serve! Do I recognize joy in my life?
How do I know I have passion? I can serve patiently! Do I recognize patience in my life?
How do I know I have passion? I can pray faithfully! Do I recognize patience in my life? Do I demonstrate faithfulness?