New calendars hold profound promise for me. They invite me to think outside the task-crammed squares of last year’s planner.
They inspire me to re-imagine my life.
Every unpolluted square presents an opportunity to rethink priorities, refocus —
— and re-ignite a passion for the life God created me to live.
God created each of us for passionate, purposeful living. But somehow throughout the year our passion gets lost in the living of it.
So how do we re-ignite our passion for life, for God?
Surrender fully to God. (Galatians 2:20) God created you and me to know, love, and enjoy Him. He created us to glorify Him as we obey His Word, reflect His Son, and share His love through the gospel. God crafts His plans for us to accomplish His purposes.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 Philippians 3:7-9, I Peter 4:1-2
Surrender means releasing our plans and desires. It means offering every inch of our lives to God, for His use, not our pleasure. Surrender carries us into God’s country, a spiritual place of deep communion with Him. A land rich with promise, thick with possibilities. The birthplace of passion.
Surrender allows us to re-imagine our life–and frees God to direct it.
Surrendering to God is the gateway to a fresh start.
It is the key to the life God created you to live, the first step on the path to a passionate life.
The next step:
Entrust yourself fully to God. (Job 42:1-2) This is true especially amidst the daily challenges over which we have no control. God always has a proactive plan in place to share His love and showcase His power. Consider the Apostle Paul who was imprisoned as he wrote these words,
“. . . I am suffering, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. Therefore I endure everything for the sake of [others] that they, too, may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.” II Timothy 2:9-10 (Emphasis mine)
Paul’s wholehearted surrender and trust in God empowered him to pen that–even as he lay aching and shackled in a cold, damp cell. Paul funneled his passion into following God’s call–no matter where it led–and lived the powerful life God created him to live. When we funnel our passion into following God’s call–no matter where it leads us–we too, will live the life God created us for.
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The final step:
Invest ourselves fully in God’s plan. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Without seeking God’s plan for our lives we are like children on a playground running from one piece of play equipment to the next, eventually growing weary, confused, and apathetic. No wonder we lack passion!
Passionate, abundant living simply isn’t possible without intentional focus and commitment to God’s plan. He has a specific plan for your life this year. (Ephesians 2:10 Have you asked Him what it is? Are you committed to seek it?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” Matthew 22:37-38 (Emphasis mine)