Protect Your Passion

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There is a time for everything, including a time to share your passion with others.

When God has called you to a particular task or purpose it’s important to guard your passion, because passion destroys fear and ignites determination. Guarding your passion means that there is a particular time to reveal what God has revealed to you about your purpose—and there are particular people to whom you should reveal it.

If you don’t guard your passion by guarding your mouth, it can be an open door for discouragement, especially in the early stages of dreaming your dream or executing your God-given task.

Sometimes it can be challenging to be quiet because passion creates enthusiasm. Sometimes when we are enthusiastic we may want to tell the world about how God has called us. After all, we are excited and we know that everyone else will be, too! However, the wise know that protecting their God-given calling sometimes means being quiet for a time—and sometimes it means there are particular people you will never be able to speak with about your plans.

In the book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah had a passionate desire to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. His passion was evident in his tears and in the mourning described in Nehemiah 1:4. But although he was passionate he did not allow his passion to cause him to blurt out his plans to the world. Instead, he spoke to the King and asked for help in getting his supplies. Other than that, even after he went to Jerusalem to check things out and to survey the damage done to the city he wrote, “I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem.”

Remember this: There is a time to speak and a time not to speak.

How many people have stopped chasing their God-given dreams and desires because someone who can see only a little seed of a dream thinks it’s not possible? “Well, that’s a good idea, but it’s not going to go anywhere. It’s just going to remain a seed. You should do something else more worthwhile.”

When God has spoken to you, ask Him when He wants you to reveal about what He wants to do through you. Also ask Him who should know about your calling. This will keep you from discouragement and will keep your passion fueled. And then, there will come a time, just like Nehemiah, that He will have you speak to the right people who will support you in your calling.

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