February 12, 2014

There's no faking it

"You've got the words to change a nation
but you're biting your tongue
You've spent a lifetime stuck in silence
afraid you'll say something wrong
If no one ever hears it
how we gonna learn your song...

You've got a heart as loud as lions
so why let your voice be tamed?
Yes we're a little different
there's no need to be ashamed
You've got the light to fight the shadows
so stop hiding it away"

Be honest. Discover who you are. Explore. Don't let the intimidation of the world holds you back from realising your full potential. Don't let the burden, and worry, and insatiable lust dry us from our passion. Listen carefully to what it is that truly matters in our heart.

There's no faking in passion.

Some people value economic stability more than artsy passion. Some value material possessions more than spending quality time with their loved ones. Some value workplace achievement more than personal health. Some people take friendship contentment as more important than climbing up the career ladder. Everyone is inspired by different things in life. There's no faking it.

Some people still pursue their passion regardless of its economic return, trading their financial security with their flaring pursuit of passion. Some others choose to sacrifice, make compromises for their family stability and the children's future livelihood. I don't know what's right or wrong, but I understand that there's no substitute for genuine passion.

Passion is inherent. It stays. Some people who work within their line of passion have it grown bigger, but some who sacrifice their passion for other things can also have it grow. Sometimes we don't need to do anything about our passion but it stays anyway. It is a very personal thing, uniquely hardwired in our personality makeup. What inspire you may not inspire me, and what's tickling your heart may not be what's tickling mine.

Jesus teaches us to test all spirits and prophesies, so one test I use to understand my passion deeper is: if it stays, it's probably true. If what burns my heart few years ago and now stays the same, it's probably the real deal. Just like how Jesus stays passionate about mankind over the millenia, from ages ago till the indefinite future, true passion won't be killed over time.

I didn't have a real passion back then. I realise that what matters to me in the past was merely a byproduct of my wanting to be accepted by people. Want to be prettier, to be richer, to be 'smarter', to be more successful career-wise, be more social, be funnier, be cooler, be more inspiring/influential etc. My identity was obscured by the world's standard of success. It weighs me down and most strikingly, it clouds my eyes to even see who I really am.

After I've met Jesus, the weigh is lifted one by one. I learn and dwell in His love and wisdom, and He begins His good work in me. I have better sight and I hear the Holy Spirit's voice more clearly. There's this passion God gently puts in my heart, and I'm still testing whether it will last or be killed over time ☺️

We are called for a responsibility to serve a common Christian purpose - to glorify God through our lives as walking testimonies of His grace and power working in us. There's no faking true passion. Selfish passion or not, settle it between you and God cause He is your only judge.

Good trees bear good fruits. Rotten trees bear rotten fruits (or nothing). Time will tell. Are you discovering your passion? (🔥_🔥)