The Oxford dictionary describes passion as:
1. A strong and barely uncontrollable emotion
2. Intense sexual love
3. An intense desire or enthusiasm for something
4. A thing arousing great enthusiasm
When one has a passion for something, they will give their full commitment and attention to it. They will be willing to sacrifice their time, money and home comforts. When I think of just how much missionaries give up; most had a stable life and a regular monthly income yet they gave this up in order to pursue their passion, their cause. Gone is the house they made into a home, the family and friends they spent time with, the income they comfortably lived on. Some (not all I know) live in basic accommodation, are required to learn a new language in order to communicate with the locals, are required to change their diet and climatise to a new country.
It takes passion (and purpose) to take this bold step. I have the upmost of respect for people who follow their passion. It is impossible to do anything whole heartedly if you do not have a passion for it. When the challenges come (which they will), you will begin to step backwards questioning why you took on the task in the first place.
The late Steve Jobs quoted:
“You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you are not passionate enough from the start, you will never stick it out.”
I cannot agree enough with this quote. Key figures in society, past and present, have one thing in common – they knew their cause and it was this very thing that kept them moving forward even in times of adversity. The late Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa are a few ‘game changers’ who come to mind.
I have two main passions; one is to teach and encourage others and the other is to write. I will happily sacrifice my time in order to feed/fulfil these passions and have done so in a number of ways.
Your passion is personal to you. It should not be measured by someone else’s passion. It is yours to run with – go to it!
Are you working in line with your passion?