More passion is what we need
Each February, people think of the theme of love and its connected actions. One word that comes to mind is passion, which is usually related to the more intimate side of love.
Passion is a powerful and strong emotion of uncontrollable feelings and as I checked on its meanings in a dictionary there are three viewpoints:
1. Passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion.
What is your strong and barely controllable emotion? No you do not need to send in your answer on a postcard, but what would get you up at 3 am? What would take you out on a cold wet day with determination in your stride? What is your real passion when thinking of your call to ministry? Which part of your ministry stirs up within you, feelings of uncontrollable excitement?
2. Passion is an extreme interest in, or wish for doing something.
The other day we drove along a river bank on a particularly unpleasant day, yet a large number of fisher-folk were dangling their soggy lines into the unpromising water in the vague hope that a fish may deem it more pleasant to take a morsel of food than stay safe in the water. These people on the riverbank truly exhibited the meaning of the word passion, there was nothing that would keep them in the warmth of their homes.
3. Passion is the suffering and death of Jesus
Ah, yes, there is true passion, uncontrollable love, love that caused Jesus to lay down his life for us, love that heard him pray 'if you are willing, take this cup from me,' love that took him beyond that point to say 'not my will, but yours be done' (Luke 22:42).
So I challenge you at this time of year when we think of love, to look into your heart and ask what is your passion whether you are a church leader or not, each of us has a passion, something that stirs up within us, something that causes uncontrollable feelings that urge us to act or seek to minister in some area.
Revisit your passion and do all that you can to fulfil it and if you have lost the passion, then take this opportunity to seek God to 'fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you…' and if that sounds big or scary remember that 'God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.' (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NIV)