Living Out Your Passion

One of the more important aspects, at least for me, in living out a legacy lifestyle is living out my passions. Ensuring that I am engaging in activities that bring life to my soul and place a smile on my face.

One of the more important aspects, at least for me, in living out a legacy lifestyle is living out my passions.  Ensuring that I am engaging in activities that bring life to my soul and place a smile on my face.

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I’m going to rely heavily on a book I just recently finished (and started reading again as soon as I finished it!) to help get this conversation going.  Penduka by Joy McMillan focuses on helping you wake up your soul to those things that bring you life.  The book is broken down into Passion, Purpose, and Process.  And that section about passion is going to fuel much of my thoughts because Penduka really helped me flush out and think about those things that I am passionate about and how I am living that out in my own life.  I cannot recommend this book enough!

In order to engage in a conversation about passion, we have to fully understand what passion is all about. When I think about passion, I often think about those things that I say I love, such as being passionate about reading or music.

Passion goes deeper than those things we love, to those things that spur us on to accomplish and achieve despite whatever circumstances we may go through to achieve the end result.

If you look up passion in the original Greek you will find that it relates directly back to the suffering of Christ on the cross.  Which means those things we are passionate about, though they bring us the most joy, may also bring us to a time of serious pain and heartache.  Joy explains in Penduka that “passion knows what’s at stake and runs head-on towards the goal. Passion is wholeheartedly committed to the end result.” 

It’s not that passion doesn’t care about how you get to the end result, it’s that passion understands that the road to living out your passion, or accomplishing the goal is NOT guaranteed to be easy.

There’s no one right way to live a passionate life.  There’s no one right way to figure out exactly what you’re passionate about.  It’s all about discovering exactly what brings you joy, and sometimes we do that by figuring out what we don’t like.  You have to try and spread your wings, step out in faith knowing that God is going to use the experience to help you gain new skills, show you what you are not meant to be doing, or he will confirm that you are exactly where you are supposed to be.

Passion can be defined, but it will not be confined. It is effervescent and alive, moving and dancing and growing as we do. ~Joy McMillan, Penduka

What I’m learning is that all the experiences I’ve had in life have helped to shape the things that cause me to want to fight to share what is important to me with others.  My passions will not be your passions, and that’s important.  We need to be surrounded by people of different passions, and the same or similar passions so that we are spurred on to continue to create, pursue and engage in the world around us.

As we explore our passions this month, I hope you’ll start by thinking through a few very important questions.  I’ve created a simple worksheet that you can download and print or use to help prompt some time journaling to get to the heart of what you are passionate about.  Doing this first step will help you figure out how to live out your passions!

Amy

 

Penduka Living Out Your PassionsI honestly can’t recommend enough that everyone read Penduka.  And if you’re going to purchase the book, you should also get the Penduka Study Guide & Journal to go along with it.  I used the study guide and journal while I read, and it lead me to some amazing discoveries about  myself, what I’m passionate about and what God has placed me here on earth for.

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  1. Isn’t it wonderful how God has given each part of the body a particular passion? It’s important not to squelch that God-given fire. THanks for sharing!

    • Amy Langmaack

      So true Robbi! If we weren’t all passionate about different things, nothing would get done, and life would be so boring!

  2. “Passion goes deeper than those things we love, to those things that spur us on to accomplish and achieve despite whatever circumstances we may go through to achieve the end result”.
    This is the best definition of passion I’ve ever seen. Passion being that place where we experience our greatest joy and greatest pain- all the yeses. Sounds like I need to order this book. Thanks!

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