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Stay Passionate

February 28, 2018

 If one were to try and unlock the secret sauce of success in the workplace, staying passionate would have to make the top-five list of those specialized ingredients. Having passion is like hoisting a spiritual canopy over the workplace domain, enveloping everything it touches while penetrating deep into the soul of a business or ministry. It is a powerful, dominant, and controlling force that can motivate and exercise people toward a better version of themselves. Show me a man who is passionate about his work, and I will show you a leader who has the potential for greatness. Passion also helps to drive many of the other elements of leadership, so much so that it can’t go unmentioned.

Passion is an element of our inner strength that is given to us by God. It helps to drive us forward with the excitement, enthusiasm, unrelenting zeal, and joy needed for the pursuit of godly excellence.

Passion is a mindset that one chooses to put on every day. We choose to put on the mind of Christ. Christians who choose to adorn themselves with passion will be blessed with an abundance of leadership opportunities in the workplace and beyond. Assuming one has an adequate level of competence, one’s passion will be instrumental in helping to push him or her beyond the scope of what is humanly possible. Why? Because passion is contagious. It spreads like a pandemic with no possibility of a cure.

One way to relate the imagery and contagion of passion is to reflect back on that terrible day on September 11, 2001. One of the most vile and horrific events ever to take place within the shores of the United States of America occurred on that day. Death, misery, and despair were everywhere. We were shocked and perplexed that thoughts of such an evil and despicable nature could ever enter the minds of a human being. As a nation, we were heartbroken.

Unfortunately for the enemy, it also sent us reeling to explore more fully what it meant to be an American. When we did, the results of that exploration were both electrifying and unifying to our country. The citizens of the United States began to have a deepening passion for our country and for the things of the Lord. People were flocking to churches in droves and getting saved, while the renewed passion of being an American demonstrated itself in many visible and significant ways. It brought us together again as a country. For a time, the divisive nature of our communications was brought under control by a common passion. We were one nation under God! The unholy event seemed to propel us forward with a collective determination never before experienced by our generation.

The incomprehensible nature of passion can also be seen on the day of Pentecost when men and women were moved with a unique and special love for God and their neighbors. Let’s look to the Scriptures and see how the day of Pentecost fully crystalized those passionate desires.

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. (Acts 2:1-2)

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. (Acts 2:38-47)

 In many ways, the effects of passion can mirror the things we see in revival. In revival, the Word of God—by the leading of the Holy Spirit—helps to bring us to another level of excitement, joy, confidence, enthusiasm, and unity for the things of God. While having passion in the workplace in no way compares to the significance of spiritual revival, it can highlight the “Christ in us” for the glory of God. As kings, this too allows us to “provide” for the people and the organizations that we work alongside. It helps to bring us to another level of Christian excellence. 

The best way to illustrate the principle of passion in the workplace is to consider what it is not. Consider the attributes of a so-called leader who is lifeless, unmoving, lukewarm, and uninspiring in his or her approach to work. How would that workplace experience make you feel? Would you jump out of bed each morning and rush to work because you couldn’t wait to get there? What about a leader who is passionate, competent, and inspiring? Passion is the spark that brings life and vibrancy to organizations.


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