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Why We Don’t Need to Settle for One Passion

January 31, 2017

Ever heard this Confucius quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”? When I was job searching I wanted to find that job. I hated the idea of working in a job I didn’t enjoy and didn’t want to commit myself to a life of misery. The pressure of finding work and looking for something that I wasn’t going to hate made the first year out of college a challenge. I used to be envious of other people who knew exactly what they wanted to do. I was frustrated with myself because I was unsure of what I was passionate about.

What the Lord began to reveal to me over the past three years is that passions do not dictate your career. They most certainly can help you find something that you enjoy doing, but they will not guide you specifically to what you’re meant to do. God’s path is a little less clear to us because we search for something that we are wanting and not what God is wanting. When we begin to shift our eyes from what we think we need to what God has set a apart for us, it begins to drastically impact how you live your life. Worries begin to disappear, you seek out what’s lifegiving to you, and you focus on the people around you. Whether it’s a skill you have to share or something you enjoy doing, make sure you are doing it all for Him.

Passions can be a tough topic especially if you are unsure what your passions are. If you’re like me, and find yourself enjoying many different things, trust that God has a plan. He will place you exactly where you’re needed even if it doesn’t make sense. It’s important to realize that your identity isn’t in your job, but in Christ. Your purpose isn’t in how much money you make, but where God is leading you to serve. Don’t be focused on the wants in your life.

And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.

~James 4:3

Remember, God listens to your heart but be sure to listen to Him. He has a much better plan than you will ever come up with.If you truly know where your identity lies, who you need to trust, and wisely ask God for guidance, everything is going to become clear.

 

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