What is the difference between those who are successful and those who are unsuccessful? Why are some personalities so irresistible? What drives people to achieve great things? The answer is: passion. Passion is what makes the world go around.
Passion is the fuel that drives romance. Passion is the motivation for accumulating large fortunes. Passion builds bridges over deep ravines, it creates a way where there is no way, it builds tall buildings, spreads religious ideas, unites warring tribes against an invader, and is the driving force behind most inventions. Passion creates millionaires, Presidents, Olympic medalists, and Super bowl champions. People with passion live longer, laugh louder, love stronger, hug more often, feel deeper, and achieve more.
All the best books were penned by someone with passion. The greatest songs of all time were first sung by someone with passion. Great poetry is only written by a person with passion. Nations are built, paintings are painted, building are constructed, and ideas are spread with passion.
Today’s society is often boring, bland, passionless. What is there to get passionate about? Some say there is nothing to be passionate about because the empty frontiers of the American west have been explored, the moon has been landed on, and the great secrets of the universe have been told. Is it true that the best movies have been made, the best books have been written, the best wisdom has been expressed? No! Untold secrets await those with passion, mighty empires remain to be built, space travel beckons the human race, paintings remain to be painted, great art will still be created by passionate artists. Those with passion can reach beyond the rational into the emotional realm. Only passion infused ideas live beyond the death of the first thinker of those ideas. A person without passion is like a car without gas, it might look nice, but it is not going anywhere.
What is your driving passion? It is vital for every human being to work towards a goal bigger then it is possible to reach. If you reach for the stars, you will not grab a handful of mud. Here are the “P’s of Passion” which will allow you to achieve great things.
1. Pinpoint your passion.
Find a passion that you can live and die for. Until you find something bigger then yourself to live for, you are not fully living. If your passion is to be a doctor, decide to be the best doctor you can be. If you want to be in business, give your all to your employers and they will reward you with increased salary and promotions. If you are called to be a missionary, commit to winning as many souls as possible. If your desire is to be a housewife, love your husband and your children with everything in you.
Do not do anything half-heartedly. If you are a student, be the best student you can possibly be. Strive for an A in every class. Go the extra mile for your teachers. Study for tests a little longer and proof-read your papers one more time. If you decide to be a passionate student, your GPA will reward you. If you are a minister, be the best minister you can be. If you are a teacher, teach with all your heart.
2. Prepare for your passion.
An uncommon passion require uncommon preparation. This is why your education is so important. Those who prepare properly go farther. Billy Graham was once asked what he would spend his time doing if he knew Jesus was coming back in three years. In response, the evangelist explained he would study for two years, and spend the last year preaching the Gospel. This is because he understood that to be truly effective, time must be spent in preparation.
3. Pursue your passion.
The passionate person allows nothing to get in his or her way. The passionate person never stops while there is still breath in his body. No wall, no roadblock, no temporary failure, and no discouraging words can distract the person of passion from the object of their passion. Keep your eyes on your goal. Focus. Possess your passion until your passion possesses you.
4. Persuade others with your passion.
The world will follow those with passion. Everyone wants to imitate a person who totally believes. Voters elect politicians who are sincere, teenagers wear tennis shoes of sports stars who win, businessmen listen to success speakers who are successful, people listen to the music of rock stars who put energy into their performances, and sinners get saved when a preacher preaches with power; all of these examples have one thing in common, people are following someone with passion.
The world can be conquered by one person with passion. If you will completely sell out to an idea and give your all to that idea, people will follow. Crowds cheer for those with passion, girls swoon for a passionate man, awards are given to those with passion, and multitudes follow someone with passion.
You can not win anyone to Christ if you do not live what you believe. Fake Christianity is the biggest turnoff in the world, but a real Christian can not help but persuade others by the life he or she lives. Your ministry to others will be effective to the degree that passion for Christ burns in your soul. Walk the walk as you talk the talk. Passion is the difference between dead religion and a living relationship with Christ.
Passion wins more people to Jesus and raises more money then any strategic planning you can do. When people see you burn, they want what you have.
5. Promote your passion.
Let me tell you about my driving passion. This is what I live for. This is why I breathe. This is the reason God allowed me to be conceived. I absolutely believe in my life mission and nothing will get in my way. I stay up late and get up early to make my passion a reality. I skip meals, ignore the irrelevant, and focus on my destiny in order to create a tangible dream.
My passion is to reach as many people as possible in the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are millions of spiritually hungry people crying out for the bread of life. The lost are searching and I have what they are looking for. Lives hang in the balance; if I do not reach them, who will?
My passion is bigger then myself. It will take all of my energies for the rest of my life. No distraction will cause to turn away from reaching the lost. Nothing can cause me to stop because my passion stems from God’s passion for humankind. Passion comes as you spend time with God. If God was willing to give His only Son for me, should I not be willing to give my life for Him?
6. Possess your passion.
What is your passion? Pin-point it, prepare for it, pursue it, persuade others with it, promote it, and you will possess your passion! Your passionate dream can become a reality. Find your passion and do not stop until you possess it.