I was having a conversation with my 8 year old daughter the other night as I was saying prayers with her and tucking her into bed, and it really made me think about so much.
My daughter has this beautiful imagination and the creative skills to master just about anything she puts her mind to. She loves dreaming big, but she often lacks the grit to see it through.
You see, she is extremely talented at making jewelry, and she enjoys it … for a few minutes. Then something more appealing catches her eye. She has done this with many different skills of hers. So tonight we had a talk about how being good at something and being passionate about something are two very different things. A skill can be learned, but a passion cannot. I believe passions are things we are born with and they are God-given.
I believe we need to dig deep into our children and find out what they are passionate about. Then we can work to improve their skills around that area.
But what makes us any different? When did we stop digging deep to find out what we are passionate about?
Are you living out your passion? Are you confident that you are doing what God has called you to? Or have you set those passions aside and traded them in for a higher paycheck or something “more secure”. Or maybe you followed a skill that you have into a career you have just never been passionate about. Just because are good at something doesn’t mean we are called to live it out.
Following your passion requires being in tune with what it is. When is the last time you stopped to remember what it is that makes you feel joy and fulfillment?
I encourage you to take a few minutes today to ponder what you are skilled at and what you are passionate about. Which things on that list have you pursued? Which things make you feel filled and joyful and which things cause you to feel tired and burned out?