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.
You have passion. Use it.
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.