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Pleasure.

in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire Eric Liddell says this,  “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.” Pleasure. Depending on your view of who God is and what He is like will radically impact your perception of whether or not He desires you to feel pleasure.

There are plenty of negative references toward pleasures that you may be aware of; usually what may be cloaked in pleasure is vice. And God’s desire is for us to be free, so He steers us away from vices. Instead He offers us a liberating alternative, the pursuit of our passion.

When you truly find a passion, something good for you that you were designed to do, you experience God’s good pleasure. Very few find it. Hear me load and clear, if you are still looking for the thing that makes you feel free and fully alive, don’t stop. If I could reach through my laptop and sit with you today, I would do everything I could to help you on your quest. It’s not an easy pursuit. It takes courage to pursue freedom.

What I can offer you are arrows that might help you discover what it is you might be passionate about, I offer because on the journey of life it will help keep your candle burning. So here it goes, grab pen and paper if this is for you and take a few quite minutes to drift away. For reflection and self discovery begin to answer these questions.

What am I good at AND enjoy doing? Think making something (a product) OR giving of self (a service) .

If you have difficulty with the first question – and think it might be both outline which is the driver. Example: I like to teach and encourage, however I prefer to do this via a product rather than providing a service. I choose to make products and tools to deliver the teaching and encouragement rather than acting as a facilitator. I hope that helps.

Will you take some time this week to invest in your passion?

Will you take time journaling how you feel after the investment?

If you choose to invest in yourself in this way you might find that you have more to give in the other areas of your life. Be a whole person, pursue your passion and bring something uniquely you to the world. We are waiting, we need you . You can do it.

Be strong and courageous.

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Being bored is an offense against life itself.

If you don’t think that it matters if you ever pursue your passion pause and imagine a world where Steve Jobs never tried to give his vision for technology life. Or if Leonardo DiVinci never painted the Mona Lisa, or Michael Phelps didn’t swim – image a world without passion. If you’re not living life doing the things you’re passionate about then you are bored – and boredom is contagious, and not in a good way. Do you want to contribute to global boredom?

Being bored is an offense against life itself. Why you ask? Because passion breeds inspiration, and we all need inspiration. It’s like once ignited it burns like a trail of gunpowder from human to human just waiting to reach a point of explosion. We need you to be a part of that sequence.

I’m not going to lay the heavy burden of being the spark that sets the chain reaction ablaze, but certainly you can do your part. So now that summer is in full swing I ask you this, “what are YOU, yes YOU, going to do that you’re passionate about over the next few months?” It doesn’t have to be fancy, think accessible.

Like to bake? Do it more, give it away, or try to raise your baking game a bit. Scrapbook? Set time aside, invite some friends, share your memories. Sports? Adventure? You name it – but also, do it! Let this be a renewed commitment to being a whole, alive human, one who has dimension and uniqueness. Take one small step out of drudgery and responsibility to reconnect to a freer part of yourself. It takes courage to let go.

We all need to let go, get off the dot of our life on occasion, so we can reenter with a renewed energy to live well. When we see each other in action, we stir up the flame of inspiration, and who knows what might happen it we all get just a little inspired.

Will you take a step in the direction of your passion today?

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To avoid drift we must have an anchor.

“What do you want?” If you’re anything like me, this question might overwhelm you. For starters, that’s a little broad don’t you think? If you’re asking me to define everything I desire in life, at least give me a starting point to begin my oration. I have a hard time filtering this question without options if “dinner” becomes the caboose. I need direction in order to respond. Direction helps me navigate the expanse of the question, helps me harness the stimulus in my mind, helps my search engine.

Recently, I watched a Netflix original movie entitled, The Creative Mind. It explored how we are made to “re-create” and how each person’s contribution to life adds to the stimulus we all need to launch this process. Our minds are literally taking in billions of pieces of data in the exhaustive pursuit of creativity. That’s why this feeling of overwhelm is legit. If our purpose is to “re-create” then the question we’re all struggling with identifies a tension in our system.

If my answer is consumption based and not creation based, I’m living against my nature. Which leads to a lack of fulfillment and drift. Both are dangerous. To avoid drift we must have an anchor.

I have my own anchor, the Bible. It is a reliable and fixed source of wisdom that has yet to lead me astray. This is what the Bible says about drift.

Where there is no vision [no revelation of God and His word], the people are unrestrained; But happy and blessed is he who keeps the law [of God]. Proverbs 29:18 AMP

This idea of being “unrestrained” relates to the human need for an anchor. We simply drift on our own. Now, you don’t have to agree with my anchor but surely I can appeal to your quest for fulfillment. Which brings us back to our purpose, to “re-create.” I say “re-create” because there is a natural creation we cannot take credit for, it preexists mankind and we look to this creation for stimulus to activate our creative purpose. We are “re-creators.” Which doesn’t limit us as much as it releases us to have creative license in our lives. This is why we are obsessed with creating plans, lifestyles, and adding to our material world. However, not all of us can say we are doing this with passion.

Passion is simply an emotion. An emotion that expresses like, preference, desire if you will. Passion can be found in a grandma’s apple pie, in a gardener’s favorite rose bush, or in a photographers perspective of a family. Passion is all around us, and we desperately need it. When we’re not living life doing the things we are passionate about, we drift. We have no vision to anchor to, nothing that inspires us. This is an easy thing to fall into, especially in the busy seasons of life.

That’s why I’ve decided to make a Vision Board for my summer this year. I will need inspiration of my own to chart a course through the waters of an uncharacteristically busy summer this year. Usually, I would have large slow pockets of time to create spontaneously, this summer however my time will be tight. It will be important to keep myself “re-creating” even if it’s scheduled to avoid arriving at a new school year dry and tired.

Maybe this is a new idea for you, this idea of pursuing your passion. Maybe you’ve never left the shore of overwhelm when pressured by the question of what do you want. My most loving nudge for you is to take a baby step and ask yourself this question, “what do I like.” We all need to start somewhere and “like” can lead us on a journey to passion and desire. This will take some courage. It takes courage to start.

When you start doing things you “like” you’ll find yourself becoming inspired and we all need inspiration. You’ll be a spark in the stimulus chain for all mankind. Now, who wouldn’t want to be a spark? It can all start with just a baby step of courage.

You can do it!

Here’s a resource to help you on your way… some ideas for you on PINTEREST. I would recommend creating your very own VISION BOARD if you’ve never tried it. It will give you a chase to explore what you like, and see how all those interests can lead you into a journey of “re-creation” and fulfillment. If nothing else, it will be an opportunity to unwind and have fun in a constructive way. Until next week.

Be strong and courageous,

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Finally she paints a portrait

I just finished a Hallmark Channel movie that was a bit odd. At one point during the storyline the main character, a female (of course) painter, paints a vision board where the vision she paints begins to take shape in her life.

The mysterious guy in her painting, her “Mr. Right” in the future, becomes the real life object of her vision. Then she realizes even though he’s real and has everything she wants, she has no feelings for him.

Then she paints a new board with a new guy and he breaks her heart. This causes her to ruin her painting and subsequently ruin her chances at her big career break. (Don’t worry, it’s a Hallmark Channel movie.)

Then finally, she paints a portrait of herself.

She follows that up with some other life decisions, salvages her opportunity to show her painting in an art show, which bails her out of destroying her chance at a big career break (remember this is a Hallmark Channel movie), and ultimately gets together with guy #2 who does end up being her “Mr. Right.” The movie ends with a Hallmark Channel movie kiss, which always gets delivered in the last 5 minutes, guaranteed!

Why am I bringing this up you ask? Well let’s go back to painting number three, the self portrait.

Pursuing our passion is like adding brushstrokes to our self portrait. It gives others something to look at that helps them know what we love. Living our lives full of colorful passions gives inspiration to those who may be staring at a blank canvas.

It takes courage to show the world what you love.

The lead in the movie needed to learn that someone else couldn’t fill the void of an unrealized dream. That could only be done by pursuing her own passion. If you’re not pursuing your passion friends, try some things, slap some paint on the canvas of your life, who knows you may end up with a Jackson Pollock.

You owe it to all of us to be strong and courageous.

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AND…

It was a dreamy Sunday morning. The sky was clear and the breeze provided respite from the bright Florida sun. It was the weather that caused me to linger.

I took a few steps in her direction and could tell from the glance she gave that my company would be a welcomed distraction. I found my place across from her as I took a seat on the picnic bench.

We’re just getting to know one another. We live in a town where people migrate, as they chase their dreams. Helping people converge their chase with their need to experience community seems to be my calling lately.

I can identify, I was her just 8 years ago.

Recently, my dreams have been mired by unwanted reminders of my past. Some realities are inescapable I suppose, yet I find myself struggling against this harsh reality. I petition for an alternative path. 👣

“Lord, if only I had…Space. Distance. Freedom. Then I could pursue my passion.”

This is an immature perspective.

These are the things I beg for, these are the crutches I insist that I need. If only she knew how right her choice of words was when she said “AND.”

We had been commiserating about our trials. Life’s unexpected and unwanted twists and turns. The things that we insist prevent us from experiencing the life we’re striving to create for ourselves.

The obstacles to pursuing our purpose – living our dream.

Her highly capable self had just missed a flight. She was still in a state of disbelief, “how could I get the date of my vacation wrong?” “How could I have dropped the ball on something so important?”

Juggling a cross country move, the holiday season, and a family of 6 is excuse enough to have this kind of misstep if you ask me. Nevertheless I know how she feels.

Out of empathy I shared with her the tragic details of the problem I’ve been walking through for nearly 2 years all the while sustaining the demands of motherhood and managing the details of our business.

However, in the course of it all I snuck it into our conversation. It was an aside, I thought it would go unnoticed. But when you are pursuing your passion it’s impossible to go unnoticed.

“I’m writing.” That was it. The little secret I shared.

She immediately recognized that I’m doing life “AND” pursuing my passion.

I finally realized that life is NEVER going to stop and give me SPACE. DISTANCE. FREEDOM. enough to just pursue my passion. It would only happen through AND.

When we dare to pursue our passion against all the odds of life we show courage, and courage is contagious.


Friends, this is what this whole blogging thing is about. Pursuing your passion. Writing is mine. What is yours?

My humble hope from each week’s post is that you get just the tiniest bit of encouragement and inspiration so that you might pursue your own passion.

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This is your week to share 🎤

What’s your passion? What’s your dream?

Your response will encourage me to continue.

As always friends, be strong and courageous,