Passion

Passion

: a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something

 Passion comes from my belief that God wants to bless us and to live each day with passion.  To do what is good and what we love with passion.  Your work is to be done with passion.  To have a positive attitude that you will “run a good race”, (as written in Hebrews 12:1-3) and finish well.  You should be passionate in what you do.  Whether your a janitor or a doctor, a clerk, or a lawyer…   There is so much to be passionate about in the world.  New experiences, new joys, fulfillment yet to receive and blessings to be granted.  I have a passion for life, helping others that have had similar challenges in life, and investing quality time with my kids, family, and friends.

I want to expand a little more on my own thoughts on passion.  I don’t necessarily adhere to a strict interpretation of a specific church’s denominational “rules” and “regulations” that tend to be man made.  Jesus set us free to live life with passion.  Not a life in bondage of a specific rule to where we may be “judged” if we watch certain movies or listen to music, or dance.  I’m not “fundamental” in that aspect.  I like music, movies, the arts, theater, dancing,… and I don’t wear a tie or suit to church.  I often go to church in shorts, and a T-Shirt.  Some denominations may be strict on those things.  I attend a church that welcomes everyone at any stage and point in their life. There is a well know hymn “Come as you are”  the Holy Spirit does the changing. Jesus came by very humble means. He was and is the King of Kings. He wasn’t wearing his “Sunday best.” He lived a humble servant leader’s life and ministered to all, especially to the poor, down trodden, burdened, and sick.  I also do not believe a man or woman should dictate how we are to worship either. God said make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It can be a voice, a piano, set of drums or an electric guitar. If we can clap, shout, raise our hands at a sporting event, then we surely can do that freely in worship to God if we are so led by the heart.

I believe that God wants us to enjoy the creative.  He is the Creator by all means.  We were built to be creative.  There is some great music out there, thought provoking theater performances, and good movies to watch, and if you feel like dancing, do it, I say.  King David danced with gladness. I believe we should be passionate about what we do, who you are and how we worship.  We just should be respectful, and be guided by principles in our passion; focusing on what is good, and acceptable to our Creator.

2 Samuel 6:5 “David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.”

1 Chronicles 15:16 “David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.”

Psalm 150:1-5
“Praise the Lord.[a]
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 149:3
“Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.

Ecclesiastes 3:4 “a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

Jeremiah 31:13 “Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.”

Genesis 1
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. …

Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

-DW