Monday, February 24, 2014

It only takes a spark...

Compassion and passion go hand in hand.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines compassion as
"a feeling of wanting to help someone who is sick, hungry, in trouble, etc..."

What is passion, then?
It is "a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something."

What do you care deeply about?
What injustice or statistic makes you angry?
What makes you tick?
What can't you go one day without doing?

Ephesians 2:10 says,
"For we all are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

When we discover what God called us to do, we can't help but get excited about it, because it's always going to bless someone else.

Our purpose is never about us.
It's always about someone else.

God is so awesome that He gave us a desire to fulfill our purpose by putting gifts and talents in us that we enjoy doing!
Yes, we might enjoy them temporarily when we are the only ones who benefit from them.
BUT I GUARANTEE that we will definitely enjoy them permanently when they benefit someone else.

Let's say you like to paint.
Painting a beautiful masterpiece to hang in your own house is nice.
There's nothing wrong with admiring your own work.
But painting that picture for a friend who needs a reason to smile is even better.
When she hangs that beautiful masterpiece in her house, she will be reminded of how much you care for her.
Joy will enter into her sad heart.
You see her smile and you smile.
You paint more pictures for other people in need of hope, love and joy.
And God gets all the glory!

You could be a great cook.
Maybe you are an awesome listener.
You may enjoy writing poetry.
Maybe you love to pray for people.

Whatever it is, God put it in you to bring life, joy, hope, peace and love to someone else.

Passion is a flame that fuels compassion.
Compassion is flame that fuels passion.
Together...miracles happen!

1 Corinthians 10:31
"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

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