One piece of pineapple upside down cake. Homemade, fresh from the oven with the promise of sweet, sticky goodness. A celebration, a gathering of people and an invitation for my dad to join in the fun. An anniversary celebration in the middle of a rehab center one evening led to this delicious pineapple upside down cake. To hear my dad describe it you would know it was the best cake he has ever tasted. The glee in my dad’s eyes left no doubt that he had a passion for pineapple upside down cake.
I want that passion. I want to know that there is something that brings me that much joy. I want to feel the fire, enthusiasm and energy from that one thing that makes my heart sing.
When looking at potential two weeks ago, I shared that we have unlimited potential within us. God created us with endless possibilities of who we are and can be through the gifts we are born with and how those are realized in the story of our life. We also have a purpose, a reason that God has written us into His story. Last week I wrote, “Potential is already part of who we are, but purpose is how our potential is realized“. The two are interconnected. But what about our passion? Our ability to dream and wonder about the pieces of our life that make us come alive?
I was an elementary teacher for thirty years. I dreamt about being a teacher from the young age of five years old until I realized that I could makes this dream come true. But it wasn’t just a job! Teaching was my passion, purpose and potential all wrapped up together. My kindergarten and first grade teachers spoke truth into me at that young age and opened up the door of the potential I could find in teaching. I had the privilege of knowing my purpose and using my potential to feed my passion. I was truly blessed.
But is discovering our passion as easy as finding the perfect piece of pineapple upside down cake? Life tells us “no” but our hearts say “yes”.
When I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I chose Him as the Author and Guide of my life. He made me a new creation.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26 NLT
For when we believe we were made by God and for God’s purpose, we have a new understanding about our lives. Our hearts are ready to receive God’s plan for our lives and in the details we find our purpose. Dreaming about the future and seeking God’s guidance to lead us there, fuels our passion. Our passion can show the way to our purpose. They both are interconnected.
Thirty years of teaching fulfilled my potential, purpose and passion, but now that I am retired, I am seeking it all again. I am in a holding pattern that looks like I’m stuck, but I know God is still working behind the scenes. If I know God and He has crafted my story, I need to let it unfold in His timing. This doesn’t mean that I stop dreaming and seeking my passion. I continue to do both with an open posture of receiving the gift of a new chapter when God is ready to reveal it. It is possible to dream knowing that when you set the dream free and God catches it, all will be right with the world.
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But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26
I am challenging myself to dream and seek what makes my heart sing, knowing God is holding the passion until it is time to set it free. Will you join me in this challenge?
Blessings of grace along the way!
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