Passion and purpose

Do you ever have a Rocky Balboa moment? You know, when you reach the top of the 72 hypothetical stone steps, pump your fists, and feel like screaming with joy? Yeah, that moment. A little before my time, but we can all recollect the iconic cinematic vibration that sped through Stalone's veins that day. It's the same type of feeling I had while listening to this past Sunday's sermon.

If forced to compress it down, basically, Pastor Ben challenged our mind to answer the question, "Why am I here?". He dared us to have passion. He explained that "Passion will propel you to your purpose."

Usually, I leave a link and move along with my point. This time, I beg you to stop and listen to Pastor Ben's powerful PASSION message (above).

I'm going to have a little "me-me-me" moment. So, just bare with me. But, this last sermon was for me. (Okay, fine. It was for all of us.)

For as long as I can -honestly- remember, I have asked the simple question, "what is my purpose?". So much of my life I have felt un-useful and  inadequate. Not to say that I always feel this way, but the feeling always has a way of creeping it's ugly self back into my thoughts.  I am the most stubborn, hard-headed, and confident person you will meet. I am determined and driven to success in many aspects.  Yet, I am vulnerable and broken. I have more failures than each of our hands can count. The unimaginable amount of failures come from trying, doing, striving; always looking for my purpose in life.

Literally, only 6 months ago I was sharing these thoughts with someone I barely knew. For this reason, I don't know why I took trust in her words.  I knew in my heart I had purpose. I knew God had plans for me. I just knew. Vulnerability took over and decided to give up when she spoke, "Maybe you don't have a purpose. Maybe we are all here for no reason. Just to be." "Fine. So, be it," I submissively thought, absorbed the thought, and continued on with life.

Like a chill on the back of my neck I was reminded that I do have purpose. We all have purpose. Because I am strong enough to endure my failures, mistakes, uncontrollable situations. I can't be broken. I may get distracted from time-to-time, but I know I can find my way back through the power of the Lord. He spoke to me this past Sunday. I found my passion and it was with me all along.

Psalm 138:8 ESV

The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

You have passion. Use it.

Romans 12:2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

This year, I dare you to make goals. Fail? Live, learn, and move on!

I dare you to sparkle this year. Take advantage of those passions hidden deep down inside of you.