What is your “passion”?
It is kind of “faddy” to ask “what is your passion? As one author I read puts the question: “What drives you to get out of bed every morning?” I “googled” the question just to see what kind of answers were “out there”. I guess I wasn’t totally surprised by what I found. I looked at about the first 25 Google hits; by the end they had gotten pretty repetitive. I listed the responses people had made on various blogs and websites: reading, movies, people-watching, stories, beaches, gaming, sleep, music, learning, grandchildren, driving, running,gardening, writing, adventure, pets…
Do you see what I see, or actually, didn’t see? Nothing about God or spirituality. Nothing at all. I could understand no mention of “religion”. Religions are out of vogue in our “post-modern” / “post Christian” society. But the pundits claim that the decline of interest in religion is paralleled by a rise of interest in personal spirituality. So, where’s the evidence? Passion for spirituality or passion for God didn’t show up in the sites I examined. This concerns me.
Maybe I am just weird, but as far back as I can remember, my personal passion has been to draw closer to God, and to be a help to any other people who are interested in doing the same. So where are all the “other people”? The one’s the pundits say are out there. The one’s I have always believed to exist and who share my personal passion for drawing closer to God. Why, you might ask, am I making such a big deal out of this issue of “passion for God?” Because passion to draw close to God is one of the main preoccupations of people we find in the Bible. Whatever else the Bible says, teaches or shows us… it’s main theme is that the God who created the universe and everything in it wants to connect experientially with the people who inhabit this world. And one thing he looks for from us is some evidence that we care about this one main thing that he wants. I think he would like to see us being so excited about the possibility of connecting with God himself that we are, as author Peter Kreeft wrote in a recent book, “restless until we rest in Him.”
Many characters of the Bible expressed this restless longing to be connected with God.
• Psalm 42, for example, expresses this passion for God in metaphorical terms: “As a deer gets thirsty for streams of water, I truly am thirsty for you, my God.”
• One of the final thoughts recorded in the book of Revelation encourages passion for God: “If you are thirsty, come! If you want living water, come and take it. It’s free!”
• The prophet Isaiah begins chapter 55 with the words: “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.…Seek the Lord while he may be found.” (verses 1 & 6)
Prayer suggestion for the day: “God, I want to feel passionate about having a growing relationship with you. Help me feel the same hunger and thirst for this relationship that I see reflected in these Scriptures.