Living with Desire
I always find it interesting when you see convergence in your life – several things all combine to give you the same message.
This time everything I’m reading is about passion and desire. That sounds a bit hot and sweaty, so let me clarify: I’m reading “Think and Grow Rich“, “The Success Principles“, “The Greatest Salesman in the World“, “The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability“, and “The Necessity of Prayer“. These are relatively diverse, all by different authors, and, except for the 1st 3, they’re all on different subjects. However, they’re all telling me the same thing: Whatever it is I’m doing, I’d better be doing it with passion. Nothing seems to work without it – not wealth, not success, not prayer, not even nutrition.
Jesus, Himself, says “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10 NIV). The expression “to the full” means:
1) exceeding some number or measure or rank or need
a) over and above, more than is necessary, superadded
1) exceeding abundantly, supremely
2) something further, more, much more than all, more plainly
b) superior, extraordinary, surpassing, uncommon
1) pre-eminence, superiority, advantage, more eminent, more remarkable, more excellent
Sounds like passion and desire to me. My question is (and has been for a long time) is that what our lives look like?
In my “other life” I get to work with people who are starting, or who already have, a small or home business. This is a great group to work with because they are full of excitement about what they do. They are passionate. I get very excited helping people live their dreams, so I’m passionate. When we get together, sparks fly! Very cool.
Because I love what I do (and probably also because I’m a little weird) I love Monday mornings. I check in to my social media and see pages of “groans” in the early morning as people get ready to go to work after the weekend. Why is that? Why are so many people living lives of quiet desperation – or total boredom.
People are notorious for falling asleep in church. Why is that? How can we fall asleep when the topic of the day is the all-powerful, almighty God? Do we really need funky slide presentations and super pumped worship teams to create that feeling in us? Is our relationship with God so dead, dry and dusty that we need help?
Not all of my life is lived out in desire, but I try to see that the majority of it is something that really turns my crank. Truthfully, I am still on the journey to feel that same kind of excitement about my faith, but then I have years of religion to beat out of my system before that happens, but it’s starting.
I decided a while back that I need to purposefully move towards living in a place of passion and desire in all areas of my life. The closer I get to that ideal, the better I feel.
Yes, we live in a fallen world. No, life is not always happy happy – there is great pain and grief – but that, too, can be lived with passion. I don’t believe in living in denial, just in apathy and boredom. Let’s stop trying to behave all the time, and let’s live a life that is experienced to the max.
What do you think?
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