As some will recall, I currently work as a college admission’s counselor. One of my responsibilities is to meet students and guide them through the college admissions process as they seek to pursue the various degrees Brewton-Parker College has to offer. While many times the students have a good idea of what they want to study and what degree they will need to pursue to achieve their goals, some students will begin the admissions process wanting to study at BPC while not really having any future plans at all. At this point, it is my job to make sure that this potential student will be a good fit for our college and see if I can help steer them in an appropriate direction. The easiest way I have found to do this is to ask the student what sort of things they enjoy.
I’m sure you have heard it said before that “there is no point in pursuing a career you will not enjoy.” This is sound advice in my eyes, but if you want to apply it to your life, there is an important question that should be asked; What do I enjoy? Or better yet, what is it that I want out of a career? The answer to these questions will always come from discovering what your passions are.
I am not asking you to think about what kind of love life you want, but rather what desires do you want fulfilled through the efforts you make in life. Some of us have a few, clearly identified passions; still others will have plenty of things they like,making it hard to determine the more important passions. If you want to determine what your passions really are, take a moment and think about life. Think about things that you do not want your life or this world to continue without. Typically those are the things that are worthy of your pursuits because your heart naturally has a fuel in it to allow your efforts to make a difference.
In the Bible, the Apostle Paul describes one passionate church and their efforts to serve the church; most likely the Christians in Jerusalem who suffered from both persecution and famine. In this account from 2 Corinthians 8, this fellowship had a clear desire to assist their brothers and sisters in faith. This desire was so strong that they gave to a point that increased their own hardship as well. God had given this fellowship a clear passion to honor him and care for his people across the world. He gave a purpose to their passion, and they had such a powerful impact that their effort is forever a part of the teachings of our Lord.
The passions you have, if you are born again believer, were given to you by the Holy Spirit himself, and should serve as a map toward fulfilling his calling in your life. That desire you may have for caring for children has plenty of outlets with-in God’s global church, and He wants you to seek it out and give all you can to complete any task He sends your way. I know from my own experience that I cannot avoid the passions I have been given, one of which is expressed every time I pen another post. The hard part was learning to let God open my eyes to how He planned to use the passions He had given me. What are your passions? Have you discovered what God’s purposes are for you, and the desires that drive your heart?
Written by Timothy Hegerich
There is truth in our world, and it lies within the word of the One who created the world. It is my prayer that my thoughts and writings echo this truth and inspire you to seek it for your life today!