The place where you are

By Dave Henning / August 24, 2015

Today John Ortberg begins his discussion of eight ways God’s wisdom can lead us to, as well as help us through, open doors we encounter- as found in Chapter 5 of All the Places to Go.

1.  Stop waiting for a spontaneous outburst of passion.  Andy Chan, who heads up the Office of Personal and Career Development at Wake Forest University, says that one of the greatest stumbling blocks for young adults is the illusion that if they just could discover their passion, every day of their working life would be saturated with effortless, nonstop motivation.

No one’s life lives up to this illusion.  To believe this illusion leaves us mad at God and frustrated with ourselves.  David Hubbard, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, once said students had the misconception that his life was filled with glamorous, inspiring moments.  In reality, most of what Dr. Hubbard did “involved the consistent, plodding progress of one task following another.”  All together these tasks added up to wonderful work.

John states that it is an essential need of our soul that we believe in the significance of our contributions.  As he explains, however, we need to put passion in its proper perspective:

“Don’t wait for passion to lead you somewhere you’re not.  Start by bringing passion to the place where you are.”

Today’s question: How can you bring passion to the place where you are?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The right course of action”

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