Do you have a passion? Something in your life that you love to do? For some it may be their career. For others it may be a hobby they’ve picked up. Why are these passions important to you? Do they make you happy? Help clear your mind of the world around you? A little bit of both maybe?
For those of you that have read my blog posts, I think we can safely say that I am passionate about nutrition and healthy eating. For me, this particular passion will lead me to my future career. But something else I’ve picked up along the way and has also become a passion for me is writing. I guess I can credit this passion back to my 10th grade English teacher. She’s known as the toughest teacher at Robertsdale High School. Everyone and their mom had her. Well, one day we were assigned to write a poem. As it turned out, she wanted me to submit my poem to the school’s literary magazine. For a while thereafter, I began writing poems for fun and even started a short story. Eventually that hobby died off, but I didn’t realize it would enter my life again while in college.
I started journaling a couple years ago and that really allowed me to get out all my thoughts, emotions, and feelings out on paper without the fear of hurting anyone else. I write about new experiences and memories I want to never forget. Earlier this year I also started this blog. I love to write about whatever comes to mind and share my views and opinions on certain topics. I’ve found that I’m randomly hit with new ideas and I try my best to write them down as soon as they come to me before the thought is gone. I also enjoy reading other people’s blogs and am subscribed to three that I read on a regular basis. This passion has grown and developed so strongly that I’m highly considering making this hobby a job on the side. In fact, I’ve recently been hired as a Social Media Assistant for Gen Twenty magazine. For those of you who don’t know what that is, Gen Twenty posts articles weekly about various topics that people in their 20s are faced with. My job will be to promote their articles on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. The job doesn’t pay, but it does get my foot in the door for more writing opportunities down the road. I’m anxious and excited to see where this will lead me in the future and what doors will be opened for me in the writing field.
While both of my passions are fine and good to have, the question I really should be asking myself though is, do I have this same passion for learning more about Jesus? Does it give me the same joy-filled emotion as writing does to tell others about God and worship Him? If it doesn’t, then something needs to change. I need to make a change in my life. My passion for learning more about God and the desire to share the good news should be what others notice about me first. Not writing, not nutrition. William Toms said, “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” When people see me, I want them to be able to see God reflected in me. That’s the very first thing that anyone I come across should be able to notice and all the other things should come second to that.
“For in him we live and move and have our being.”