Today, I am deliberately being controversial. In all of my posts about “Holy Discontent,” I have missed the most important point:
My passion does not belong to me.
Oh no, I can hear some of you cry, he’s going to go all preachy on us. Actually, while I could go on about how Christians need to understand that their lives are not their own but that isn’t the point of this post. Instead, let’s look at what Jesus called the second most important commandment. It goes like this:
Love your neighbour as you love yourself.
Hold on, that’s really nice but what does it have to do with passion? Good question. To answer that question, let’s go back to the first question given at the end of the first part of this series.
What do I see in the world today that I wish someone would change?
This question asks us to think about the needs around us. This goes against all our Western, self-improvement, self-help, self-indulgent thinking. We are used to passion being about what we want, what interests us and what drives us. What if passion were more about what we can add?
Leadership expert, Tim Redmond has a strange definition of wealth. He says that wealth is not money. Instead he sees wealth as creating something valuable with God to serve others. In his view, if you create wealth, money follows. If you chase money, you reduce your ability to create wealth.
This is the strange thing about passion. While passion can start with knowing ourself, it can only grow when we become aware of a need. In other words, your passion is not about you. Your passion is a clue to how you can create value to help someone else.
Let’s go back to Matthew Bennett, whose openness inspired this entire series. He has discovered that his passion is to help people understand current affairs. He gets excitied about explaining the significance and story behind all the amazing events that are going on in the Middle East and North Africa today.
How would you turn that passion into value for someone else? He gives us a clue in his latest blog post: turn to journalism. Even in today’s blog-driven society, people will still pay to read an expert explanation and description of the world around them. There is still room for people to create value by helping each of better understand the big stories in today’s world.
What about you? How can your passion add value to others? What decisions do you need to make to turn your passion into wealth?