I want you to think of a movie that moved you.
Maybe a song or album that impacted you.
That cost someone something.
Everything that moves you, impacts you, benefits you, gives you life... cost something.
That movie had to be written, pitched, financed, directed and produced.
That book had to be written, edited, printed and distributed.
For you to receive, someone had to give.
For you to benefit, someone had to sacrifice.
For one person to say: "it meant so much to me.", another person had to break themselves open and pour themselves out.
For us to receive forgiveness, Christ had to pour himself out. We celebrate this when we take part in communion.
When the Romans 12 says we are to "present our bodies as living sacrifices", could it be God asking us to break ourselves open and pour ourselves out?
I believe inside each of us lurks a desire.
Something you were made to do, that the world desperately needs. It is where you find your joy.
Sometimes in church world we are told if we really love Jesus, we should deny those passions. If we truly want to serve God, we need to repress those passions and desires.
You need to go into the heart of that passion, that desire, because God put it in you.
What is it that will get you up in the morning?
Is it art?
Is it justice?
Is it writing?
Is it running a business that is defined by integrity?
We need to experiment.
Try this and try that.
And discover what it is, that when you do it, you are alive.
The world needs the gift of you.
Sometimes the best way to find your passion is to ask: "What pisses you off?"
What makes you say: "Somebody should do something about that!"
Maybe that somebody is you.
You're saying to yourself, "But nobody is doing that."
That's why we need you.
There is a dream, a passion, a gift God has put inside you. Go for it.
It might be difficult.
People around you might not understand what you're doing.
They may call you crazy.
It will cost you something, but you might just change the world.
Like Walt Disney said: "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau