What is Your Passion?

What sets your heart on fire? What gets you up in the morning and fuels you through your day? What gifts has God placed within you to fulfill that passion? How are you applying your time to cultivating and improving in those areas?

Music sets my son’s heart on fire. When he was barely able to sit on a piano bench, he started plucking out tunes. His older sister gave him his earliest piano “lessons” until he graduated to Mrs. Dodson’s studio at the age of five.

When he was barely six, we attended a large home-school academic convention. The emcee of the program was stalling for time while the judges were delayed in tallying results of a math competition. The auditorium was filled with thousands of antsy participants who were growing more restless as the delay grew longer!

The emcee pointed at the large grand piano sitting on stage to his right and asked, “Anyone have a song for us while we wait?”  

My little guy had been eyeing the beautiful grand. When the request came, he didn’t hesitate. He surprised us all by hopping out of his seat, bounding up the stairs to the large platform, climbing atop the piano bench, and pouring his heart out over the keys. He played one of his own compositions: Windy Night.

The auditorium broke out in applause as the young artist made his way quietly back to his seat beside his beaming mom. His passion led him to eventually pick up other instruments as well. He traveled for a year serving with a revival ministry, playing in churches all across the nation. He’s used his musical gift in ministering to prison inmates and he faithfully serves as a worship leader on our church’s praise team.

By applying himself to the musical gift God gave him, he’s been able to use that passion for God’s glory.

I don’t think it is by accident that God places gifts within us that grow into a passion. He has purpose in our gifting and that passion is meant to fuel our ability to glorify God in various ways.

God placed within Nehemiah the gift of leadership and the dream for what God wanted him to accomplish. His concern for God’s name became the impetus behind using that gift to lead the men of Israel to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls. His passion was to establish Jerusalem for the welfare and protection of God’s people, and most importantly for the exaltation of God.

Nehemiah’s gift of leadership led to God being glorified which fulfilled God’s purpose for his life.

Yesterday I asked you to consider what your purpose is and to consider how you are being used by God to “rebuild the walls?” Today I want you to consider what gifts God has placed within you to be used to fulfill that purpose. What are you passionate about with a holy passion, a burning desire that comes from God’s dream for you—beyond what you could ask or imagine?

If you feel you are “gift-less” and have nothing to offer, let me gently say (with all grace)—you are wrong. God has placed something within you to give back in service to Him.  

Perhaps you don’t see it as a gift. Reread what I asked in the first paragraph . . . what are you passionate about? Consider whether that passion is linked to a gift God has placed within you to be used for His glory.

What’s your passion?


  • Debbie S

    You raise a good questions when you ask people to consider their purposes and gifts. Personally, I have been a bit intimidated by the word “passion.” I think that’s because I often underestimate my gifts and talents. Somewhere along the way I came to believe that “passion” had to mean a burning desire or some sort of compelling power or “raison d’etre” (reason for existence). I didn’t think I was capable of passion because I wasn’t overwhelmingly talented. Since there was always someone better than me at whatever talent I had, I assumed that I couldn’t compete and therefore I wasn’t gifted so it was no use to be passionate about something I didn’t excel at. Perhaps others have this shortsightedness as well. We need to take inventory and realize that the Lord can use any kind of talent when we “do all to the glory of God.”(1 Corinthians 10:31b ESV)

  • Kimberly Wagner

    Good insight, Debbie, I wonder how many others may feel the same way you do. I love the fact that God places us in the body, and whether we feel like we’re gifted or not, He has a purpose and has given us some kind of gifting, to be used when we, as you quoted . . . “do all to the glory of God.”

    “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone . . .

    The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable . . .” (1 Cor. 12)

    I have no doubt you are gifted. One way you are gifted is in communicating and conveying insights you receive from the Word . . . and that is a service to the body of Christ (and a blessing to me!). That brings God glory! 🙂

  • Debbie S

    I am both humbled and grateful that I am able to contribute to your ministry simply by writing to you and sharing my insights. Praise the Lord.