September 22, 2009

Most of my classes are two hours and fifty minutes long.  The classes could be done in about an hour in my opinion.  Sometimes I just sit in class and I imagine black bars around me, because I’m trapped.  I can only have one or two absences per class.  So I am stuck, and trapped in these classes when I would rather be out doing other things.

The are two main reasons I feel this way.  One is that in general I have never really liked school very much.  The second is I am not passionate about the classes I am taking, or even the degree I am getting (elementary ed in case you were wondering).  Honestly I will get this degree, in the mean time though I am just not very excited about it.  One day I might even be excited to become a teacher.  But right now that’s not what I am passionate about.  And at this point that’s not what I want to be when I grow up.

This happens though doesn’t it?  A lot times, a lot of us, get a degree in something we like, or a job somewhere for practical reasons, not for passionate reasons.  I feel like sometimes that’s just how life goes.  Look at David from the Bible.  Actually from Israel.  He was shepherd because it fell to him as the youngest.  I don’t think he was passionate about being a shepherd.  It seemed he was more passionate, about killing lions and bears with his bare hands.

Or passionate about taking on giants.

Or passionate about playing a harp to soothe a king.

Or passionate about killing  dudes with foreskins(see 1 Samuel 18:27).

Or passionate about worshiping God.

But David wasn’t really passionate about doing any of those things specifically.  He was passionate about serving the living God.  It was more then that though.  It seemed actually that he was passionate about the living God that he (David) had a relationship with it.  Eventually David’s passion was so huge that God made him King.  God wanted people to see what having a passionate relationship with God was like, I think.  When I read through the Samuel’s I can’t help but think how passionate David is to serve and love God.  Nearly everything he does is motivated by his relationship with Yaweh.  The things David does are nuts.  Reading about David’s life makes me want to go out and fight a bear, or dodge some spears.  Seeing his life makes me pumped about life.

I’m not passionate about school.  I’m passionate about serving God. I am passionate about learning more about him.  I am passionate about starting movements toward and for Him.  I am passionate about the Cross.  If I had it my way I’d be on staff at a church, or some ministry that I was passionate about.  Ultimately that is what I want to be doing in my life.

Just because things aren’t my going the way of my dreams, doesn’t mean that I can’t be doing those things now, or being passionate about those things now.  I am going to move towards those dreams.  Maybe it was part of David’s dream to be king.  First and foremost he served God.  By doing this he got to live out his dream.  David took every chance he could to serve God, and when it was all said and done, he was known as the man after God’s own heart.

Do what you’re passionate about.  My mom always says that.  Because if you don’t, you might be stuck in class with imaginary bars around your head.  And if its not practical to do what you’re passionate about, do it still, even if you have to do some practical things while you’re living out you’re passions.

What are you guys passionate about? If you could be doing anything, and money wasn’t a factor, what would it be? Would it be fishing? Playing basketball? Knitting? Fighting fires? I know for me personally I think it would be to be a youth pastor, a pastor, or a guest speaker (especially for camps), or a few other things. But what is it for you?  What would you be doing?  I wanna know.  Please comment and tell me.  What are you doing to live out those passions now? I really want to know. Tell me.

P.S.- I know there are some passions we as humans have that are not good or holy.  So when I say do what your passionate about, and its something that is wrong and sinful, then don’t do it.


9 Responses to “Passion-less?”

  1. Geri said

    I think I’m most passionate about creating things and appreciating things that have been created. I love to write and read and help other writers make the stories they want to tell. I love art and music and dance. Not that I’m very good at any of that but I do what I can, enjoy my experience, and take the time to let others know what their work means to me.

    Keep writing. You’re good. Thanks for making me think 🙂

  2. Amy Eckert said

    I really like your blog.

    I think my passion is for mentoring girls, helping them deal with stuff in their life and helping them figure out more of what it means to be in a relationship with God. Thats what I spent this past summer doing in my youth group, and it was amazing.

    I don’t know what this passion would look like throughout my life, other than just loving and helping people however I can.

  3. I’m passionate about children. Funny thing is, I don’t like kids. They care too much about things that aren’t important and frankly it bothers me. But I care about the things they don’t think to care about, such as their education and their safety – which is one reason I’m going to school to be a teacher as well, secondary education of course. I’ve considered coupling my teaching degree with social work, two fields that should never cross, but alas our society puts teachers at the front lines of its war with ignorance, apathy and truancy. If I had it my way, I would be working with CPS and police to secure children from abusive and neglectful crimes and guide them into a conducive environment where they can recover and perhaps flourish one day.

  4. Great perspective Anthony. I need you to come speak to my students again.

  5. Joe Mansor said

    you inspire me.


    im passionate about movies, and film, and art, and music, and stories. and it is my hope and prayer that i can one day channel this passion into something that glorifies and pleases God.

  6. Paul Ramsey said


  7. I’m passionate about getting out of this world and going home already.

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