People who are passionate about their work have one thing in common: they are not motivated by money … what drives them is their love of what they do.
Anyone can have a passionate commitment to do just about anything: jockeys, surgeons, cooks, software engineers, mechanics, CEOs, lawyers, teachers, builders, dancers, stockbrokers and surfers.
In the Bible, this passion is spoken of as “wholeheartedness,” as in the case of Hezekiah.
“In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.” (2 Chronicles 31:21)
What does it mean to do something “wholeheartedly?”
It means we concentrate all – everything, our whole being – on doing the one thing, with heart and soul, totally committed.
But, did you catch the order?
First, Hezekiah sought God, trusting the power of the Spirit within to give strength, meaning and direction. Then, he gave the work everything he had. We might call that being in “the sweet spot.” And finally, financial reward came along the way.
I was very fortunate to find two things that I loved to do as a senior in high school: surfing and broadcasting. Living inland and a weak back took a toll on surfing. However, the Lord has graciously allowed me to continue my work in Christian media to this day. I am passionate about what I do and love the people I get to do it with and for.
How about you? Have you found your sweet spot? Do you love what you do? If not, what’s holding you back from pursuing your passion?
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Everything is possible for him who believes. Mark 9:23
Last November, big wave surfer Garret McNamara broke the Guinness World Records for riding the largest-ever wave, a towering 78-foot wall of water. He was awarded $15,000 for the riding the record setting wave at the Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards in California.
McNamara, now 44, began surfing at the age of 11. Commenting on the record, he said: “The world would be a much better place if everyone was doing what they wanted to do.”
McNamara has said that on the day he broke the record, he at first had not wanted to take a ride but his friends urged him to catch a few waves.
So, friend to friend…
Come on. Seek God. Ask him to give you the power, the boldness, and the drive to do what He has purposed for you to do. You may not make history, achieve something no person on the planet has ever accomplished, or offer a famous prayer to God that saves a city. Then again… Go. For. It.