5 Steps to Find Your Passion
1. Believe You are an Original
Each fall I auditioned to be in the grade school choir so I could sing in the Christmas and Spring pageants. Miss Burkholder played Home on the Range while each of us took our turn singing the first stanza. I always got into choir but I wasn’t driven enough to use my talent for a solo.
The last three years of elementary school I went to Camp Fire Girls. The Campfire manual listed ways to earn colorful beads to sew on my vest. My vest didn’t hold nearly as many beads as the other more diligent girls. Nothing against the other girls but I felt weird helping little old ladies across the street or baking cookies for the neighbors just to earn beads. I was either lazy, stubborn or just different.
2. Don’t Be Somebody Else
One year our Camp Fire Leader decided we would have a talent show for fun. I decided not to sing but to pantomime Doris Day’s famous song, Que, Sera, Sera, Whatever Will Be Will Be. It was easy performing in front of people when I was pretending to be someone else.
I was jealous of Helen Martin! She could shake the ivory off the piano keys. I dreamed of waking up and being her! She played for the school pageant choirs for the last three years. I begged my Mom to let me take piano lessons but she told me we couldn’t afford the fifty cents a week. I thought my mother had ruined my future career as a concert pianist! On the other hand had I not spent all my pop bottle money on candy I could have easily saved enough money for piano lessons. I guess I didn’t want to be Helen nor a pianist.
3. Relax and Enjoy Life and the Real You
My dad bought a brand new stereo Hi-fi console “on credit” whatever that meant. It had beautiful, shiny blonde wood and we could play 33 and 45 rpm records or listen to the radio. Daddy also bought the album, Christmas with the Chipmunks. We couldn’t stop playing and singing with those fast forward voices. Daddy relaxed into a good mood when Alvin, Simon, and Theodore were singing. Heck! We all did! Those were such good times!
4. Accept Your Own Individuality
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
Even though God made us in His image and His likeness He left plenty of room for us to be an original or one of a kind. “Individuality is God’s gift to each of us. What we do with our individuality is our gift to humanity.” A quote from the book, Origional BREATH by Larry Randolph.
If we observe nature we can see that the Creator God doesn’t make identical copies of anything. Every person, hand, foot, tongue, eyes, fingerprint, flower, star, planet, solar system etc. may look similar but they are not identical. Take snow flakes for instanst. Look how different these snowflakes are.
5. Grab Your Passion & Don’t Let Go
Maybe as a child you were told you could be anything you wanted to be. That can put a lot of pressure on child who has endless interests and talents or maybe none. God said His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He wants us to relax, confess our sin, accept His Son, enjoy our talents and life He gave us and find our passion. Sometimes it is hidden on purpose for a certain time and place. Just like Zorro, your passion will appear… when the people are ready.
You probably won’t know your passion right away when it appears. It has been building quietly for years but you didn’t notice. Some find their passion early and some late; the rest find it in the middle of life. Here are a few clues: you will think about it a lot; you can’t wait to get time to do it; you will do whatever it takes so you can do it; it makes your heart light and your eyes dance; usually its purpose has something to do with helping, encouraging, leading, teaching, guiding, influencing, entertaining… people.
Have you found your passion, yet? Tell me about it.
Do you still have no clue? That’s okay. Don’t give up on finding yours because God is always on time.