“What is your passion?” It’s probably a question that you’ve been asked a million times already.
But have you thought about it lately?
What is your “Why” in life? What drives you to share what you love? The best way to understand our passion is to ask ourselves, “What do I enjoy the most? In my spare time, what would I rather be doing?
And would I do this regardless of getting paid or not?”
It may feel awkward at first to discover that your passion is simply doing what you love. It may only be a dream at this time, but dreams lead us to find fulfillment in our lives. Many women have found their passion in life and have incorporated it into their careers. But others struggle to identify what they feel is their passion or even their calling.
Is there a big difference between passion and purpose? The two are certainly connected but are two different entities. While passion energizes and motivates you, purpose (or your calling) is why you do what you do. Passion is also our call, or our dreams, as it is the emotional component and can boost our confidence and give us the nudge to follow through with our purpose. Purpose gives life a specific direction to keep focused. Passion and purpose go hand-in-hand.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” —Harriet Tubman
Don’t feel bad if you haven’t found your unique passion and purpose in life. In our society, we tend to be so busy that we rarely take time to be still and answer some of life’s questions. What do I love to do, and what am I good at?
Even go one step further and think back to what you loved when you were 12 years old. What do your friends and family members tell you you’re good at? Take a break and focus on finding the answer to this million-dollar question. What do I love to do, and where do I lose track of time while engaged in this activity?
When I searched for my passion, I thought it was just for artists, musicians, or daydreamers, indeed not for me. I felt I might be irresponsible to want to share my passion.
I was passionate about my nursing career, but there was something more that I knew I needed to know. I took a class at my church called Operation Timothy.
In this class, I began to feel a calling to be part of God’s plan for my life. It was all new to me, but it excited me and pushed me to know my purpose. I was shocked to discover that God wanted me to join Him in reaching out to others. And He had a specific path for me.
It was okay to find my passion as it fits with my purpose. And right at the top of the list was the clue … whatever I did, whatever my passion or purpose, all of it was to glorify God, to follow in the Great Commission: “go and make disciples.”
My passion for tea was the tool that God would use for His glory. Wow, that inspired me to make a difference in my choices, to go with the flow.
My newfound passion made my life worth living and gave me a purpose. It moved me out of my comfort zone and into a whole new dimension of life.
Look inward and see what truly inspires you. God has a definite plan and purpose for your life, we are created to live life with vision and joy. Following our passion takes work and vulnerability. It gives us the confidence to work on our strengths and interests. It provides us with internal motivation to find fulfillment in our lives, jobs, and relationships. Passion is the energy that keeps us going. It helps us accomplish things we set our minds to and helps us live life to the fullest.
When I realized that my passion was creating relationships around tea, I attracted like-minded people. There was a realization that what I loved could benefit many people. I had the expertise to pursue my passion in a variety of venues. Things began to happen. I began to see that my love ignited my work, and it could bring enjoyment to others. It sparked me to follow my dream and start writing.
When we realize our passions, we pursue the faith that counts on God’s power through our spiritual disciplines — prayer, faith, and obedience. God’s character and authority in our lives are what fuel us for our spiritual passion.
As we seek God’s purpose for our lives, there are things we can do to align ourselves with Him and not get caught up following the external benefits of passion.
What has God given you that you love doing? Begin to read about those things, brainstorm, and ask others to join you in your quest. Research your passion and interests. Then get good at it. Practice.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17 NIV).
Since tea is a tool that God uses in my ministry, I find I love having both Afternoon Teas and High Teas in my home. This is a wonderful savory dish that I often serve at High Tea (supper). Once you try them, they will be a favorite.
Scotch eggs are very popular in England and sold in most grocery stores and food shops. Fortnum and Mason, an upmarket department store in London, maintains that it created Scotch eggs in 1738 for wealthy travelers!
The combination of sausage and eggs in a new presentation is always fun to try. My mother made this recipe by frying them. This one, by baking, is much quicker … and eliminates many calories! They can be eaten hot or cold.
1 pound pork sausage
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped chives or green onion
Salt and pepper to taste
8 to 12 small hard-boiled eggs, peeled
Flour for coating
2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs or PankoMix
sausage, chives, salt, and pepper.
Divide into 8 to 12 portions. On a floured surface, flatten sausage mixture into a round circle. Dust eggs with flour. Place beaten eggs into a small bowl and the breadcrumbs into another bowl.
Place each egg on a circle of sausage; mold the sausage around the egg, sealing seams well with water. Roll each sausage-covered egg in beaten egg, then into the breadcrumbs. Place onto a cookie sheet.
Bake the eggs in the oven at 400º F for 30 minutes or until sausage is well done. Drain onto the paper towel. To prevent the eggs from rolling on the baking sheet, place a toothpick through the bottom of the eggs at an angle. Serve with spicy mustard or dipping sauce.