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What passion is

Some say that there is no such thing as passion and that you should forget about finding it.
But what is passion, after all? We imagine it as a constant feeling of pleasure you get when you engage in an activity you love.  Our expectation of how we’d feel when we find our passion has been influenced by the trends in the society we live in. Everyone seems to be after feeling good these days. Gratification on the moment. Ignore whatever pain you feel. Medicate it, if you can’t ignore it. Overlook whatever doesn’t work, pretend it’s not there. Think positive.

If you look up the word passion in the dictionary, you’ll notice that it originates from a Latin word that means to suffer and to submit. This reminded me of the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Jesus was so passionate about his mission and what he knew was true, that he was ready to suffer for it.

What if passion is not the permanent ecstatic state of being that we imagine?
What if passion means being ready to suffer for what you love and pursuing it even if it’s the most difficult path to take?

If this is what passion is, then the problem is not that you can’t find it or that it doesn’t exist.

The question then becomes, do you want to find your passion? And once you do, are you willing to suffer for it and pursue it no matter what?

7 thoughts on “What passion is

  1. JEFFREY dEAN

    Well said. The “faith of Christ” has always been a “baptism of suffering.” This principle has been replaced in the world with momentary gratification and superficial happiness.

    Romans 8:
    16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

    17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

    18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

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    1. Teodora Post author

      I have to say that I don’t believe that it’s necessary to suffer to be saved.
      The suffering for your passion I was referring to was a disposition – the disposition that if the circumstances are such, you are willing to overcome the obstacles to achieve your goal/passion or purpose and not give up if such circumstances arise on the journey.

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      1. Jeffrey Dean

        Why would you question what the Lord himself said?

        Luke 9:23
        And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

        Why would you question what Paul told Timothy?

        2 Timothy 2: 12
        If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

        Why would you question the Revelation?

        Revelation 12:11
        And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

        These are but a few of the scriptures that say we “suffer” with Christ to be “glorified” with him.

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