God created us to be passionate. God created us to be passionate.
Are you passionate about something? He ultimately created us to be passionate about following Him, loving Him, and increasing His Kingdom.
God has shaped my passion for people. It extends to my neighbors, the community I live in, families & marriages, the teachers at our school, orphans, the single mom in Haiti, refugees, and a host of others. I want to be apart of meeting their needs. I want to show them Jesus. I want to be apart of the story of humanity and redemption. It is what I am passionate about.
And since God created us to be passionate, I try to look at passionate people with a lens of His purposes.
I used to watch Ellen on a regular basis. She is generous, thoughtful, fun, and kind. I have always said, "What would happen if Jesus got a hold of her heart?!?!" Then all of these great gifts He has given her would be used for His purposes! Her passion is great. Often she uses her passion to invest in others and make their lives better. Sometimes her passion doesn't match my values. I can choose to dismiss her as a person at that point. Or I can choose to appreciate her passion. She is using her passion and position to influence her circle.
My circle may not look the same or have as great a reach. But I do not choose to live less passionate because I have less influence.
And, we should not expect those who have more influence to live less passionate lives.
Last night, upon winning the Lifetime Achievement Award, Meryl Streep used her platform to share something she is passionate about. Her life may look different than mine. Her influences and beliefs and values are most likely different than mine. But, I saw a glimpse of her humanity that connected with mine last night. She showed her passion against those who do not fight for the rights of all. Some saw her speech as biased or manufactured. I do not know her or her motives. But, I think many of us would have been just as passionate about "our thing" if given the opportunity. If Meryl Streep had used her platform to talk about something you are passionate about, would you be offended or appalled?
She combined her passion and her opportunity. You don't even have to agree with her. We should show wisdom and discernment to listen and learn and respond to others. But, let this be a lesson to us all. When we get our moments of influence, how do we use them? What are we fighting for? What are we known for?
How can you use your passion today to move people, to change your circle?