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    5 Keys to Finding Your Passion

    A guide to fguring out the calling that only you arequalifed to ulfll.

    We long to count.

    We want to matter to the world. We long to make a difference. We get bored,tired, even depressed by routine and monotony. Were desperate forsignificance. Were searching for acknowledgment. We beam when someonesays, You matter. We seek praise, accolades and awards, but somehow oncewe achieve them, they feel empty and we move on to another desperate searchfor the next fix that will affirm our worth.

    an you relate!

    You are specifically designed to impact the world in a way that no one else can."hats the influence that has been given to you and to no one else. You have aspecific purpose, a calling that only you are #ualified to fulfill.

    YOU ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TOIMPACT THE WORLD IN A WAY THAT NO

    ONE ELSE CAN.$ut what does it look like! %ow do we discover it! %ow do we find passion andpurpose in living out our influence!

    %ere are a few ideas&

    1. Conduct a Self-Inventory.

    'tudy yourself. (t seems elementary, but life adds layers that you begin toabsorb and adapt to, things that have come to define you without your intention.

    $efore long, youve lost sight of what is truly uni#ue and different about you.

    What are the gifts and talents you possess! What experiences andopportunities have shaped your life thus far! "his collection of gifts, talents,experiences and opportunities is uni#ue to you. (ts what begins to define andset you apart.

    "ake time and reflect on these nuances that make you uni#ue.

    2. Build a Plan.

    )uch like an architect must create detailed designs for a pro*ect, we must takethe elements of our self+inventory and build a plan with them. What are the

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    extraordinary moments spread across time, but that in between those peak

    experiences, theres a lot of ordinary, everyday grind.

    "here are trashcans to empty, laundry to sort 2and if were feeling especiallymotivated, maybe even put away3. ars must be registered. 4orms filled out.

    arrier plans chosen. We move through our routine day in and day out, packedwith little moments that may often feel unbearably ordinary.

    5ooking around in all the mess we can convince ourselves that other people areliving in the more we dream of while we drag our feet through the dull and lessinteresting.

    (n their song, ome way, 6esus ulture sings about the invitation of 1od,ome away with me. (ts going to be wild. (ts going to be great.

    -eally! (ts going to be wild! lot of people have *umped on board and arent

    feeling the rush. ( believe its true and that 6esus offers the abundant life %ecame for us to have, but sometimes its hard to see.

    Its oing to Be #ild

    (ts hard to find the life while fighting to finish school and pay the bills with night*obs7 and there isnt a lot of adventure for the parent changing 89 diapers beforelunch. "hat wild story we were promised might seem distant for the person whospends each morning in traffic only to return to the gridlock at : p.m.

    "his tension between the passionate narrative we talk about and the very

    normal world we exist in isnt something to be ignored. (ts a tension that shouldtell us something, serving as a flag to wave us down and read*ust ourperspective.

    THIS TENSION BETWEEN THEPASSIONATE NARRATIVE WE TALK

    ABOUT AND THE VERY NORMAL WORLDWE EXIST IN ISNT SOMETHING TO BE

    IGNORED.

    yes to See

    6esus once had a conversation with the 8; about the people who didnt get it."hey were the ones who couldnt see the big picture of the

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    >erhaps this tension that we find/living in a normal world full of dirt and painand tedious movement while knowing that we were also made for more/maybe it is resolved when we pray for, and choose to have, eyes to see whatthe disciples saw ... not *ust in those rare retreat moments when we catch aglimpse of glory, but eyes to see it always.

    When we wake up daily with a full awareness of how powerful 1od is and howdeeply %e loves us, the ordinary becomes saturated with life. nd it is wild.

    (ts wild because not only do we breathe in and out under this perspective of1ods sovereignty, but we also remember that this incredible 1od invites us intothe enormous story %e is writing.

    ( often ask my ? year old to help me cook. ( dont do it because ( need hisassistance. (n fact, it would be easier and more efficient if ( took care of itmyself. $ut ( invite him to help because ( love him. (ts the same interaction

    between 1od and us. %e calls us into %is redemptive work not because %e islost without us, but because %e loves us and is offering us a role in the story."hat is the otherness we dream of. (ts oxygen on a fire that would otherwiseburn out.

    %aving eyes to see this wild reality comes down to where we set our ga@e. Weeither focus on the grind, letting ourselves drown in that sink of dirty dishes orbe crushed below the weight of monotonous tasks, or we choose to live aboveit. We choose to focus our eyes higher and contemplate the 5ords glory 2;orinthians ?&8A3.

    %ow can we do that in the midst of exhaustion and disappointment! %ere are afew places to start.

    1. %e/e/,er #&at it 0eans to Beco/e 0ore in C&ristscono/y.

    We may sometimes forget that to be more does not mean to be bigger. (tdoesnt mean more followers, prestigious titles, higher salaries or less annoyingwork. "o be more first means lowering ourselves to the ground in a humility thatacknowledges the dust from which we came7 and from this vantage point, withour face on the earth, the story explodes with possibility and mystery.

    2. ont nderesti/ate t&e I/4ortance of !rdinary 0o/ents.

    "he repetition of the day+to+day matters because change often happens in theplaces we most easily brush off. We develop eyes to see when we practice thediscipline of contentment and gratitude, and we begin to find that thoseseemingly insignificant places are soaked with 1od and that this is where thesimple becomes extraordinary.

    THE REPETITION OF THE DAY-TO-DAY

    MATTERS BECAUSE CHANGE OFTEN

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    HAPPENS IN THE PLACES WE MOSTEASILY BRUSH OFF.

    3. Cut !ut t&e /4ty Fillers.

    "he greatest distractions keeping us from having eyes that see are self+inflicted.4acebook, television, phones, scrolling the (nternet looking for something new/at face value they are harmless, but when we run to them out of restlessnessand use them to satisfy a hunger for something deeper, its like eating potatochips when what we really need is a balanced meal. (ts empty calories for oursoul, and over time, we feel the effect of that malnourishment.

    $. et Your 'ands irty.

    When 6esus spoke with the disciples about the people who didnt get it, ( haveto wonder what part of that was because for the observing crowd, it was aspectator sport. (f we are going to live in an awareness of 1ods power andredemptive work in the world, we have to get our hands dirty. We have to roll upour sleeves and do more than attend a service and *oin a small group.

    6esus sent the disciples out and then they kept moving. "hey never settled intoa church routine that centered around them. (f we accept the invitation to be apart of what 1od is doing, we capture the vision of a

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    (f thats the case, how do you go to the next level in your walk with hrist! %owdo you revive your faith!

    Cne of the images that helped me develop a deeper understanding of faithcame from )artin 5uther, the 8:th century 1erman scholar who ignited the

    >rotestant -eformation. %e said that faith, when correctly understood, leaves usfeeling cemented to hrist.

    "his is significant, because we often think of faith solely as something that6esus hrist brings into our life. (nstead of us being cemented to 6esus, wecement %im to us. %e goes where ( go, rather than the other way around. $utultimately, faith means ( am no longer in control of my life. ( am cemented tohrist, and to what hrist values and to what hrist says. What 6esus hristdoes and where 6esus hrist goes now becomes the dominant narrative of mylife. When 6esus leads me into the unknown, ( go into the unknown with %im. (cant not go/( am cemented to him by faith.

    FAITH MEANS I AM NO LONGER INCONTROL OF MY LIFE. I AM CEMENTEDTO CHRIST, AND TO WHAT CHRISTVALUES AND TO WHAT CHRIST SAYS.

    %ere are five ways that fully cementing yourself to 6esus will *ump+start yourfaith&

    1. Ste4 Into Your Fears

    Want to guess what the most repeated command in the $ible is! 4ear not. (t isrepeated in the $ible ?D: times/once for every day of the year. "his confirmssomething we already know in our gut& "here is no such thing as great faithwithout first experiencing great fear. "hey live right next to each other.

    6esus will lead you out of your comfort @one and into the unknown, and you willhave to rely on %im at every step of the way to navigate these new uncertainrealities. With each new chapter of faith come new experiences of the abundant

    life in hrist. $ut with each new chapter also come new fears. 4aith in 6esushelps us to reali@e that fear isnt a prison that we are trapped in, but a pathwaytoward greater freedom in hrist.

    2. #al( #it& od

    (n the 1arden of den we see the most beautiful picture of spiritual intimacy inthe whole $ible/1od would walk with dam and ve during the cool of eachday. While their betrayal would create lots o

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