Playing the Game
I tend to lose interest in projects quickly. The pile of pictures waiting to find their place in my half finished scrapbook, the incomplete scarf in a cupboard somewhere, or the book with a cornered middle page laying on my nightstand all testify to this. When the project’s end is not in sight, my interest levels reach an all-time low and an abandon ship is called out in the distance. The passion I once had is lost.
Although, this isn’t true of all projects. Last summer, a friend and I decided to tackle the brown walls of his room and replace them with a nice shade of blue. Despite my limited knowledge of painting and his lack of experience, we taped off the room, laid down tarps, and began priming.
It was not a short project. After one layer of primer, and two layers of paint, we finally finished – despite our paint covered clothes, hair, and faces. Although it took longer than expected, there was never a lull of disinterest. We successfully completed the project because our passion never died. Our want to paint the room and have a good time while doing it never expired – despite the amount of ruined clothes! We were persistent throughout, which strongly differed from the other mentioned projects.
Passion is a term of action and persistence. Without action and persistence, there is no result – only great ideas with no launching points. Living with passion doesn’t mean we just believe in it, because belief without action ends in discontentment, normalcy, and disappointment. Passionate living takes life a step beyond just believing. John Rodgers comments in the book Life 101 saying, “Live by what you believe so fully that your life blossoms, or else purge the fear and guilt-producing beliefs from your life. When people think they believe one thing and do something else, they are inviting misery. If you give yourself the name, play the game.”
If you give yourself the name, play the game. I believe that eating healthy and exercising every day will make me a healthier person, but I don’t always do it. I believe that washing my car regularly will maintain it’s shiny, rust-free exterior for longer, but due to a lack of passion for my car I don’t always take care of it as well as I should. I believe in prayer but the busyness of my life often keeps me from it – and this concerns me. A lack of passion in our spiritual life means we aren’t playing the game as well as we should. If we are giving ourselves the name Christian, we should be ready to play the game – to live it out. When our passion dies, we live a life of lukewarm normalcy.
What Christian wants that?
When we live with passion, we not only call ourselves Christians, we live it out. We live our daily lives with enthusiasm about what God is doing around us. When we make Him our goal, our passion drives us to only live for Him. It is then that our lives are not driven by the hum of everyday living, but by passionately, enthusiastically, faithfully living for our Savior.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
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