Our second question is:
2. How is your passion?
Having a clear vision is important (seeing it) but having a passion or fire on the inside is also vital (feeling it). God desires that vision and passion be bound together in our lives.
Is your vision producing passion or has it lost its vitality? If its energy has died a little, meditate on it some more, ask the ‘why’ question again (not just ‘what, when and how’), etc.
In the world we live in, natural fervency or passion is often a key to success and impact. A study of great people was done looking for essential qualities of their success. It wasn't intelligence, gifts or talents, background or appearance. It was attitude (how they chose to think) and passion (how they chose to feel). Successful people have drive and enthusiasm (found in the heart not the head).
Nothing major in history was ever accomplished without zeal and passion. It is often THE deciding difference between successful and unsuccessful people in every field of endeavour. The fire on the inside affects everything on the outside.
Inspirational writer William Ward says, "Enthusiasm and persistence can make an average person superior while indifference and lethargy can make a superior person average."
The Apostle Paul puts it this way: "Never be lacking in zeal but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Paul assumes that we are all serving the Lord. Every one of us has a part to play in contributing to God’s cause in the earth. Yes, serving the Lord and fulfilling your purpose is a good thing. But how we serve and pursue our God-given purpose is very important. It requires fervency!
Of course, passion is not a static thing. It’s like a fire that we have to fuel and guard at all times. We have to be on guard against fire-fighters such as complacency, difficult circumstances, familiarity, or an unbalanced lifestyle.
How is your passion? Is it burning brightly or has it died out a bit? What can you do to rekindle it today?