For the longest time I’ve thought that your purpose was just acting on your passion. After All, you read headlines that say, “Find your Passion, Live Your Purpose, “ So I thought once I found my passion all I had to do was act on it and I would be living my purpose.
Well, I was wrong. I had an ah-ha moment one recent Sunday when our Pastor explained the difference between passion and purpose. I wanted to share it with you in case you’ve been thinking about it wrong too.
He started by explaining how you find your purpose.
- He said to look for GOOD SOIL, (in the Bible soil is reflective of the human heart, rocky soil, fertile soil, etc.) which essentially means surround yourself with you people who will inspire you to be the best you can be. People who will love you, pray for you, and believe in you. (These are my words, not his).
- He said to look for your PASSION. He described your passion as basically what gets you up early and keeps you up late. What do you love to do so much you don’t want to stop doing!
- He said look for your GIFTS. This is simple, what are you good at.
He then said your GIFT + PASSION = YOUR PURPOSE. You have to have both your gift and your passion to find your purpose.
A great example of having passion but no gift are the American Idol auditions that are really bad. Pastor also asked where were these people’s good soil? Meaning if their family cared about them who would let them try out knowing how bad they were.
A great example of having a gift but no passion is the math wizard who aced his ACT’s then grows up to be an English teacher which was a subject he struggles in. One would ask why wouldn’t he have just taught math, the teacher would reply that even though he was great at it he hated it. Gift but no passion.
Give it Away
Once you have figured out your purpose the last and final step pastor says is to lay down what you find. Take what you have and spend it on behalf of others. Give it away.
This could be interpreted a few different ways but I take it to me share your purpose with your people. Lay your seed down in good soil.
For me, I feel like my gift is writing and my passion is my blog which gave me my purpose!
I write to help people, make them smile, solve a problem, or challenge them. I hope that this means I am laying my seed in good soil.
I would love to hear what your purpose is! If you don’t know we can brainstorm through it!