Passion, Pride & God’s Will
I was talking to a friend the other day about a project that I was leading and how I was questioning whether I needed to continue with it or not. I explained to her that I just wasn’t very passionate about it and maybe this just isn’t something I’m supposed to be doing (aka “God’s will”).
The reality is that this particular project isn’t meeting my expectations. I’m a bit defeated and don’t feel like it’s as successful as it ought to be. In essence I’m pridefully dismissing it because it doesn’t feel worth my time.
It’s got me wondering whether passion is always an indicator of God’s will? I’m pretty sure that there are plenty of things that God has called people to that they weren’t necessarily passionate about. I’m sure they felt defeated and unsuccessful too. Insert nearly any Biblical character you can think of as a prime example.
Why do we do this then?
Why do we equate passion or lack of it with God’s will or plan for our lives?
Why do we so easily throw in the towel when we lose passion?
Why are we quick to walk away from a job or project when we find ourselves a little defeated?
I see this a lot in ministry work (I’m guilty of it myself)… wondering if I’m doing the right thing on those days when everything seems to be going wrong?
God’s will doesn’t mean endless passion or constant success. God’s will is living God’s plan. And His plan isn’t always warm and fuzzy or fun. Sometimes living God’s will is hard work. Sometimes living God’s will means pushing through when you don’t have an ounce of passion but others are counting on you.
Kick your pride to the curb and embrace what He’s given you to do… whether you’re feeling passionate about it right this moment or not!