Day 3 – Passion for Life
The Latin root word of passion is “pati” which means to suffer. We are reminded that whatever we are passionate about demands our skills, talents and time. But more than these things, it also requires great diligence, patience, and love. Being passionate entails so many amazing things; in fact, if we were to describe someone who is passionate, we would probably describe that person as focused, intense, loving, caring, and enthusiastic.
The word “passionate” is an appropriate word to describe Jesus. He was very mission driven, and gave Himself, even to the point of death. In John 10, Jesus speaks to His disciples about being the good shepherd:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.” – John 10:10-12
Jesus intended for us to live our lives to the fullest. He was willing to die and suffer for this.
Sometimes life can seem boring and idle, but when we look at how Jesus wants us to live our lives, we get to realize that life is meant to be adventurous! We are to have life and have it to the full! That does not necessarily mean that we quit our day jobs and go backpacking across the world… but it does mean that whatever we are engaged in we should enjoy and be glad.
So take this time to look around and think – How can I make the most of every opportunity? Can I engage life with passion?
Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
We all have different callings, but we are all called to live life to the full.