When we live life with integrity and walk in God’s will, we become empowered to fulfill His plans and our purpose with passion.
I once spoke with a woman who told me that there are fifty “hot words” in marketing—words that advertisers believe are so powerful that they compel people to buy the product, take the trip, or subscribe to the program. On this “hot list” is the word “passion.”
When I think of living with passion, I think of being fully alive and running headlong toward God’s purpose for me. Ah! To live life with passion and purpose is to feel the heartbeat of God, to get close enough to Him so that we can hear His plans for us and embrace His vision.
Unfortunately, most of us live life with little passion. Perhaps like me, you’ve wondered why. I think there are many reasons. For example, we get stuck in the mud of the mundane, we become crippled by the criticism of others, or we wonder if our purpose matters to anyone but us. But I think one of the biggest enemies of passion is a lack of integrity.
Protect Your Purpose by Obeying God
Every now and then there is a public figure on the news who admits to doing wrong. They have been caught in sin and a scandal results. They had an affair, stole money, or kept a secret that has ruined their career and relationships.
The last time I heard a story like this, I wondered how much torment the guilty party had experienced by covering up their sin. Living life without integrity–which means dancing with sin–creates guilt and shame. This will rob anyone’s passion and courage because when you are too busy hiding something you know God doesn’t want you to do, it’s impossible to live with full passion for your purpose. And, the bigger the sin, the larger the distraction and the more we try to hide.
In Psalm 32:2-5 David wrote about the sin–and the distraction he experienced–when he tried to cover up the affair he had with Bathsheba: “When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.”
David was distracted and weighed down by his sin. When we do not obey God the way He has instructed us to live, the passionate fire He wants to set ablaze in us to do His work is reduced to a tiny flame, or even snuffed out. Think about it. When was the last time you did something wrong and felt guilty? Did you feel small and afraid instead of courageous and bold?
When we live life with integrity and walk in God’s will, we become empowered to fulfill His plans and our purpose with passion. Whether that means parenting teens, heading an organization or writing a book. Coloring inside the lines of God’s will and living with integrity helps us keep a clear conscience, and therefore fans the flame of passion and purpose that God has placed in our hearts.
What’s your passion? Has God created you to sing, teach, coach, buy, sell, trade, create, dance, lead or follow? Whatever it is, do it with gusto and passion by obeying Him and living with integrity.