Friday, January 9


 a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement
 for something or about doing something
Some passions are easy to come by.
Sports, gardening, sewing/crafts, shopping,
 welding, travel, pets, cleaning, reading, cooking,
 painting, writing, decorating,
health food, exercise/fitness, old  movies, farming,
 racing, building a business,
coffee, snazzy dressing, guns, surfing,
 collecting barb-wire,
 hunting....and many more things.
If you have a passion for sports,
 you don't have to make yourself watch a game.
I've never been forced to sew a quilt.
I love to plant flowers and fix up the yard.
I like to shop at thrift comes easily.
If you love dogs, it is a pleasure to have one.

Have you ever looked at somebody in real life,
or from history, and wondered
did they do SO much?
How did an author write so many books,
and you can barely read the funnies.
How does one draw up plans for
the Empire State Building,
and you can't get ice cubes
out of a tray.
How about let's all swim across
the English Channel.
In January.
It's called passion.
They were driven from something within.
These things are temporal.
(These things can be left out of our
lives, and nobody really cares.)
And even those things have a standard to be aware of,
if you are a Christian....

1 Corinthians 10:31
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
 or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
These things make us who we are.
We all have a natural liking for some things.
But, everything I manage to get done,
is not necessarily done with passion.
It's ok to do some things without passion.
(so, fail, Taco Bell)
no enthusiasm, but I can get it done....
no fervor but it'll do,
I may not relish something,
I'm not eager to do this or that,
no zeal,
there is no fixation on a project,
no will to start or finish,
not an avid anything,
no urge,
no obsession,
I don't crave it,
no allegiance,
I'm not devoted.....
and have no compulsion to be involved.....
but I will still do it.
This is only OK with the temporal,
the things we do that fill up our time after
we do dishes and make supper
or change oil in the truck.
There IS something we should be passionate about.
There is something we should have an urge to do,
we should be eager, and have zeal, a fixation on,
a will, an urge to accomplish,
an devoted to....
and have a great compulsion....
It's a commandment.
In the New Testament.

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
 baptizing them in the name of the Father,
 and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

The *ye* is you.
Ahh you say:
I can't really talk to people.
I'm not good with words.
Then study.
And learn to tell *your* story.

Mark 16:15
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world,
 and preach the gospel to every creature.

Acts 1:8
 But ye shall receive power,
 after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
 and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem,
 and in all Judaea, and in Samaria,
 and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

This isn't an option.
This isn't a craft to choose,
or a thing to think about....
whether or not you want
to be involved.

Somebody did it for you.

Maybe, they did it without passion,
but if you're saved and on your way to heaven today,
somebody did it for you.
You ARE to tell others.
Of course it would be best to be filled with desire
to see others saved, to think on it constantly,
to realize who you are and what you are about,
to be eager to seek the lost,
to devote time and talent and resources,
to have a will to tell others,
an urge to see the lost be saved.
But, until you have the passion,
do it anyway.
Pray for the passion that will drive you
to not be able to rest at night
unless you have told somebody
about the Lord.
Start out little,
and pray for bigger things.

Lord lead me to some soul today,
O teach me Lord,
just what to say;
Friends of mine are lost in sin,
And cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care,
and few there are who pray;
Melt my heart and fill my life,
Give me one soul today.

Only One Life


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