PASSION . . . Defined: any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling such as love or hate.

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

It has been said that in order to discover your core values, you must first discover your passions.  The key to this discovery is by answering some simple questions that deal with your emotions, such as . . .

What is it that you do that brings about a feeling of euphoria?Passion

What stirs up happiness in your life?

What stimulates anger in you?

What makes you cry?

What gives you satisfaction?

 

As I pondered those questions for myself, I discovered more about my psyche than I had realized.   Euphoria?   The emotion I feel when directing a choir that responds to the music the way it was intended by the composer, communicating to the audience a message… nothing like it.  It is electrifying! …  memories of…

Parkview choir and the Easter cantata, “Behold Your King” … conducting the PFNA Crusade Choir singing “The Statue of Liberty”… ministry presentations by the “Living Teens” Youth Choir … WOW!  I guess my passion for music is obvious, not to mention singing with the Revelaires Quartet, a harmonious trio with Gene Pharr and Carol Jackson at Lee College, or the Lee Singers, directed by Dr. Delton Alford.

What brings happiness? …mostly family and fellowship.  This past year, blessed by reconnecting with two high school friends, Robert Bryan and Bud Corbett —anchors in my life.  Getting together, talking about old times… I did not want it to end.  We were re-living the best of history!

Anger is a hot coal that is hard to handle …bullies, lying politicians, people who posture for gain, incompetence, selfishness especially in leadership positions, and injustices of all kinds.

What makes me cry?  … Youth.  At a high school football game, whether it is the marching band or the team on the field… I pray for them as I wipe away the tears.  Whenever I think of my tenure as Minister of Youth at Parkview, I still see those beautiful teens struggling for life.  Many of them fifty years later have suffered too much pain.  I still hurt for them and yes, I still cry.

My greatest satisfaction comes from the memory of a few I helped along the way …still hanging in, pursuing God’s plan for their lives and prospering as a result.  It is like completing a task at the end of the day, looking back at your work with the pleasure of knowing you did it well.

The Apostle John put it this way in III John 3-4 . . .

“I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth.  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

So, where is your passion?  What springs happiness in your life?  What stimulates your anger?  What makes you cry?  What gives you satisfaction?

 

The answers will reveal your strengths and weaknesses.

Your integrity will determine how you deal with the answers.

 

—Blessings, Charles

 

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