I was reading about blogs recently and noted that several articles talked about picking a popular subject to center your entire blog around. Something like Bullet Journaling, Learning to Live Green, or something similar. They also mentioned that you need to have a passion for whatever it is you choose. Ok. I have no passion for Bullet Journals even though I use that method. I really have little knowledge about living green and try to do my best to recycle and treat the earth with respect.
So then, I asked myself – What’s my Passion? My passion is to encourage people. I really don’t think that’s such an “in” thing to blog about. I can’t really sell encouragement.
A World of Passionate Hatred
Our world seems to be angry and negative. So, we need some positive feedback and encouragement to realize that there is still good in this world. There are so many good people who are not filled with hate and who would love to be positive in their speech and outlook, living a peace-filled life.
Existing or Living?
So, that’s what I blog about. My blog – Writing to Inspire Life – is written for precisely that reason. Yes, it’s a rather large subject matter but – it’s my passion. For myself and others to LIVE, have an abundant life – not just exist. Look up the definition of live vs. exist. Live can be an intransitive or transitive verb. Either way – it’s an action word meaning to conduct your life; to have a life rich in experience; and, as an adjective, to exert force or contain energy.
Exist on the other hand, has a much shorter definition – to have a being or to continue to be. I want to do more than exist as a Christian.
In my own life, I am trying to see past the social norms that have formed much of my thinking. I’m trying to see past the adamant statements important people make about what should be and how we should all think. I’m trying to hear a different voice. And, I think I’m succeeding! I want to see past the world view I have been drowned in since birth. I want to see past it in my Christian life as well.
Passion for the Truth
I have experienced having some well known Christian leader make statements that sounded like fact. Seeming ‘experts’ telling me how to think and view the Word and everything else. Many years ago, however, I began to question what I had been told and found that some of it simply wasn’t true. Scripture had been twisted to fit their viewpoint. It was just someone’s opinion – usually a money-making opinion.
I Don’t Trust all the ‘Famous’ Voices
I do trust the still small voice I have come to know over the years. I have also learned that just because someone else wants to live a certain way – I don’t have to do the same thing. I can be me and God still loves me! Even if I might believe some things that conflict with whatever the current “Christian” fad is. I don’t have to participate with that anymore than I do with whatever the Kardashians think or wear or do. Famous doesn’t mean much to me. I’m just not impressed.
A Passion for What’s Real in God’s Eyes
Kindness, caring for others, being real, loving God and others – those are the things that impress me. They are the things that last. They endure for eternity because they are the qualities of God.
I want to hear the truth. I want to read Scripture in context. I like to hear other opinions about what a section of Scripture means because others may have insight I don’t have. However, in the end, I want to be like the Bereans.
Be A Berean!
Who are the Bereans you ask? Well, they are the good people in Acts, Chapter 17, verses 10-12, “That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas to Berea. When they arrived there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth. 1As a result, many Jews believed, as did many of the prominent Greek women and men.” New Living Translation.
Passion for Searching for the Truth
There you go! They had an open mind BUT, after hearing, they went to the Scriptures, searched them day after day, and determined that Paul and Silas were teaching the truth! That’s awesome.
That’s what we need to do with the things we hear. Test people’s words. Test them against their character if you can. Test them against the Bible for sure. But, don’t just read one verse – read the context. Then, you can find the truth. The truth will enable you to live with energy, not exist with half-truths. Remember – Jesus said that He was the Way, the Truth and the Life and that the truth would set us free – free to live! John 8:31-32
My Passion is to be an Encourager!
So, the moral is – that’s what I want to encourage others to do. If we can do that and not be blown around by every wind of doctrine. Do this – “Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth.15Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.” Ephesians 4:14-15.
Apply that principal to all the winds of the world and Christianity. Test them. If they are real, they will stand the test. After you’ve tested them, incorporate them into your life in the way that works for you! Grow in every way more and more like Christ.
My Passion is That We All Grow in Every Way More and More Like Christ.
That’s my passion! That’s what I write about – LIFE in Christ.