Passion Meets Purpose

“Efforts and Courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

John F. Kennedy

Purpose attracts Passion

Passion causes change when you become angry enough towards a situation, you are willing to face anything to make change happen.

When I was in high school, I had a friend that was devoted to working on cars. He was not a professional mechanic, but loved everything that had to do with cars. From time to time he would ask me to allow him to work on my car. It did not matter to him if I paid him or not. He was willing to work on my car for free just because he loved everything about cars.

When you are willing to do it for free, you have found your passion. When you are willing to do it simply because you love it; just because there is an unexplainable satisfaction of fulfillment. That is generated from a deep place of passion.

Why is it that so many college students change their major several times before ever graduating? Why is it that so many students drop out of college or never even begin a collegiate career? I am not a Dr. or an expert, but I do believe that this comes from the disconnection from purpose. This comes from not identifying or misunderstanding what one is truly passionate about. You can be passionate about several things, but not all leads to purpose.

In current society and the educational systems we are taught to get an education, get a good paying job and establish a profitable career. But has this plan ever guaranteed anyone’s happiness? Many will follow a lucrative career path, not realizing they will despise it and later choose the second most lucrative career and hate that one as well. Most end up in a career completely outside the realm of their profession and find themselves earning very well, but still empty.

Passion leads to Purpose.

In Simon Sinek’s book “Start with Why,” he refers to money being the result of what and how you do something, but money does not define your purpose. I agree and believe it explains why so many students and people are not fulfilled with the status-quo. The enticing dream of a lucrative career has drawn in and made countless victims in today’s culture.

It is hard not to notice when engaged in conversation with someone that is not entirely interested. When a conversation revolves around ones interest, the entire mood changes. Their face is enlightened, body language is more relaxed, even the tone of voice elevates and the conversation seems on going.

This is enhanced and displayed clearly when one begins talking about what they are naturally passionate about. Thus is the case when any enthusiast shares their story of why they love what they do. They want everyone to know about it and will give you every detail.

Purpose is found when you are led by instincts and passion. A decisive passion will lead to the fulfilment of purpose. This is a place that cannot be explained. It just feels right even if it does not make sense. It can be best understood by demonstration.

Passion proposes to purpose.

Jesus’s passion led him directly to the fulfilment of his purpose on the cross. The purpose attracted him so much, that he set his face like flint and passionately gave his life for it. His passion made an undeniable proposal to his purpose. Your purpose will not be denied when you are willing to passionately sacrifice even your very own life in order to meet it.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

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