Have you still got the passion?

Anyone that knows me will acknowledge that I am a hard worker and a focused person. I have life goals which in turn are planned in year and month segments. Even the months are further divided into days as I like to my productivity to be measurable.

So it came as a complete surprise to me, whilst listening to some speakers at a business conference recently to discover that somehow in the midst of my ‘busyness’, I had somewhat lost the passion for what I was trying to achieve.  There was something about the way that the speakers shared their subject matter that made me realise that my passion was somewhat reduced.

Yes!, the speakers were younger than me and perhaps exhibited youthful exuberance. Nevertheless, I had a sense of dissatisfaction.  I am reminded of the adage that says something along the lines of ‘it’s not how you started that matters, but how you finish’. This got me thinking of ‘middle part of the journey of life’, where passion holds it all together. It’s possible to be working hard and yet not very passionate about what you are doing.

Doing the same thing time and time again without fresh or new challenges will bring forth boredom. Habits easily become routine.

I remember once dreading the thought of going to a prayer meeting because it was so boring. However, when the Holy Spirit energised the meeting, things are different. That’s why I love the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. He can put passion into prayer meetings!

So back to the issue of passion. Jesus said ‘Zeal for your house consumes me’, while Paul describes his zeal in Galatians 1:14, Philippians 3:6 and Acts 22:3. Though the scriptures use the word ‘zeal’, in our context, it would mean the same as passion. Passion is an internal issue. Paul had a fervency and passion for his religious belief. It is a spiritual issue which is intimately linked to the strength of the Christian character.

The question is how do we maintain or in my case, regain passion for what God has called me to do? I believe that there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. God deals with us as individuals and sometimes what works for one person might not work for another.

Since I started composing this post, I am again full of passion for what God has called me to do. Perhaps I had been a bit unfair to myself, but one thing I’ve noticed is that when I feel like this, God uses prophecy to encourage me. A word either directly or through the preaching, a word in season that gets me back in position. It’s amazing the lengths God goes to, to get us back on track.

Another way I’ve notified is through mentors. Mentors are by definition people who have walked on the same journey in the area you want to walk on the same journey in the area you want to walk on and are qualified to guide and show you the way. Our passion is upheld when we are in a team of like-minded passionate individuals. Proverbs 17:7

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

So I’m back on track but it has left me thinking about the question. I am really curious as to how God encourages you. If something springs to mind, why not leave a comment. Your comment might just encourage someone else. This is an area I’d like to know more about, so any other ideas and insights.

May the Holy Spirit continually bring freshness into our lives so we can stay energised and passionate. Until I appear again in your inbox with more insight and life applications from the scriptures, stay blessed



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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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