Pain is that thing that ‘pushes’ us into change. It’s a redeeming thing about pain. For instance, chronic tooth pain, pushes us into the dentist. Daily pain when the alarm goes off pushes us into bed a little earlier the next night. The pain of a hard deadline pushes us into better planning. But let’s face it, if pain were the only thing that caused us to make changes, life would be no fun at all.
The most wonderful change takes place when it is a result of our passion. Passion pulls us, willingly. It reminds me of kids on a playground. One grabs another by the hand and they run to the swings together from the sandbox. Both are laughing and excited about what happens next.
Psychologist Richard Chang, in The Passion Plan, says that our passion is our personal intensity, ”If you have passoin for something, it stickes a chord in you. It heightens your awareness, engages our atention and kindles excitement”. So, what are the things that you are passonate about? What things make you want to change and grow your life into the one you’ve always wanted.
Five Questions to Discover your Passions
1. Ask yourself: “When I ________________, I feel God’s pleasure.”
2. Ask somebody: “What things do you notice that I have the most energy for?”
3. When did you feel exuberant in the past?
4. What does your Look at your workspace, and home say about your passions?
5. Best for last: Ask God. Read scriptures, pray, and wait with an open notebook.
Big Question: What are the things in life that you feel the greatest passion for? Which of the five questions above do you need to ask first?