Earlier this week we had a look at seven things that won’t fuel your passion, which leaves this lurking question: what will fuel your passion?
Here is one thing I’ve found that answers that question better than anything:
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. Proverbs 4:23 (NIV)
Face it, there are far more than seven things that won’t fuel your passion. Life is full of events, people and situations that drain passion from us. Sometimes it happens instantly. Sometimes it’s a slow drain over time.
In fact, we probably can’t produce enough defence to ward off all the attacks on passion that will hit us over time. As soon as we think we’ve got it figured out, something hits from an angle we hadn’t anticipated.
That’s why a sustained offence might be all the defence we need. Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the well spring of life.
Increasingly for me, remembering this is becoming a daily thing I pay attention to. Staying passionate over the long haul is a life commitment for me. I never want to retire (even if I one day retire). I never want to hit ‘cruise control’ on my calling, spiritual walk, parenting, friendships or marriage. I want to bring my best every day, add value to those around me, be a constant student of what I see, experience and hear, and for that, staying passionate is essential.
That may not seem like an ‘answer’, but it’s a principle that I think can guide anyone through various seasons of heart stagnation. When I find my passion waning, I increasingly see it as a heart matter, and I start a conversation with God, often with Toni, and often with close friends about it.
The longer I’m alive, the more intentional I need to become about it. If you don’t stay intentional about how you live, you’ll hit a default mode that is far below the potential God sees in you.
How about you? What do you do to guard your heart? What do you do to stay passionate season after season?
When my heart is alive and elastic, it’s because I’m paying attention to this principle. When my heart is hardening or growing dead, it’s because I’m ignoring it.