Preface: I’m starting this post as part of a multi-post set leading up to Easter. The post series is going to be about Passion, Love, Faith and Hope. Feel free to comment definitions of these topics in your own words.
What’s your passion?
1 strong and barely controllable emotion: a man of impetuous passion.
• a state or outburst of such emotion: oratory in which he gradually works himself up into a passion.
• intense sexual love: their all-consuming passion for each other | she nurses a passion for Thomas.
• an intense desire or enthusiasm for something: the English have a passion for gardens.
• a thing arousing enthusiasm: modern furniture is a particular passion of Bill’s.
2 ( the Passion )the suffering and death of Jesus: meditations on the Passion of Christ.
• a narrative of this from any of the Gospels.
• a musical setting of any of these narratives: an aria from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
1 the passion of activists: fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, eagerness, zeal, zealousness, vigor, fire, fieriness, energy, fervency, animation, spirit, spiritedness, fanaticism. ANTONYMS apathy.
2 he worked himself up into a passion: (blind) rage, fit of anger/temper, temper, towering rage, tantrum, fury, frenzy.
3 hot with passion: love, (sexual) desire, lust, ardor, infatuation, lasciviousness, lustfulness.
4 his passion for football: enthusiasm, love, mania, fascination, obsession, fanaticism, fixation, compulsion, appetite, addiction; informal thing.
5 French literature is my passion: obsession, preoccupation, craze, mania, hobbyhorse.
6 the Passion of Christ: crucifixion, suffering, agony, martyrdom.
Passion like love takes on so many different meanings for different people and different times. It is during this time of year, that we hear a lot about passion. Churches are preparing for Passion Plays, we hear about the Passion of Jesus, and we hear about the passion of basketball. As you can see 1 of these is obviously not like the others. In thinking about this I was trying to come up with my own definition of passion – the way you feel about something so strongly that it is what keeps you going.
That was the best own-word definition that I could come up with. I also wanted to try and separate passion from love, because you can feel passionate about something that does not fall into the realm of love. I’m passionate about writing, my family, technology, cars, The Ohio State Buckeyes, and while in a way I love, those things, I don’t love them in the way I’m taking these posts. I write because I like to do it, technology is my job – and I enjoy what I do. Also lets face it, I live in Lexington, around here there is a PASSION for Kentucky basketball.
If passion is what gets you going and keeps you going, what is your passion? Is it your family, your job, your team? Think about the things that mean the most to you in your life, what would you do to make sure that they/it had your full attention? This takes me to a deeper thought on Passion; The Passion that God has for us. Again as we come up on Easter, we are reminded of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us. He took our place, and took our sins and inequities upon himself, so that we would have eternal life with Him.
What do we do with this passion poured out on us? Too many times we take it for granted. We need to have a passion for God in the same way that He had a passion for us. When you take a look at your priorities, in turn you will see your passions. Your top priorities, usually turn out to be your passions.
So I leave you with this thought: Check your priorities, check your passions, check yourself. Make sure that your passions are what you want to be passionate about, if not its in your hands to make it right.