• Jason Wade


4 The king said to me, “What is it you want?” Then I prayed to the God of heaven, 5 and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:4-5

What fuels your passion? I mean when you wake up in the morning, what are your very first thoughts that fuels your desires for the day. For some of us it may be, "It's too early." So your passion may be driven by needed rest or the reality that you are a night owl not an early riser. For others of you it may be filled with aches and pains that reminds you that you are alive but that also you have lived a life that has pushed your body to extremes and now the pain reminds us of our passions long past. Yet, others of you may wake up each morning with dreams of grandeur of how you are going to change the world with one decision today. You look at the day as an opportunity to renew your mind and begin to once again build on those foundations of hope, love, joy, peace, patience and kindness. There are many different stages of our lives, but throughout them all we are able to see God's guidance the direction of the passion that is ignited in our hearts for that season.

For example, there was a season in my life that my passion was playing sports. I wanted to be the best football, basketball, and baseball player that ever lived. I remember that every morning I woke up and would go outside and started doing something that would help me

achieve those goals. I would either shoot what seemed to be 5,000 free throws or run i

maginary game winning plays where I caught the ball or threw the game winning touchdown. I had a place outside where I had made an imaginary plate and strike zone and continued to practice being the greatest pitcher that ever played the game and hit tennis balls with a wooden bat to win the home run derby. There was nothing that stopped me from believing that I was going to achieve my passion but the wall of the world. The older I got, I realized the longer hours of dedication that it took to fulfill and achieve the passion and desires of my heart. They continued to drive my direction until I graduated high school and my passion began to be refocused on new dreams and new pathways for my future. But as God continued to steer the ship, I continued to wake up inspired to take on the day and began dreaming of ways to change the world one day at a time. My passions turned to education and relationships and God continued to open and close doors and began opening my eyes to the greater passion of loving God and loving people. I surrendered my life to His call have never looked back. God began to add purpose to my passion and the LIGHT began to illuminate the next steps of my faith journey.

Why am I telling you all of this today? How does this idea even remotely link to the Scripture with Nehemiah today? Simply put, God gives fuels our passion with purpose. In my life I continue to wake up at all hours of the day and night with a continued passion to Love God and Love People. God has continued to drive this passion with opportunities to renew my vision and restore my soul. Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king. This meant that his life was constantly in danger for anyone who wanted to try and kill the king. He had lived a life of servanthood and won favor from the king because of his dedication and service. But when God placed a passion in his heart, Nehemiah could not stop dwelling over this new purpose God had given him to return to his homeland and rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. The same is true for us as well. The passion that God continues to lay on our hearts provides for an opportunity to step out and trust. God may be trying to renew our hearts and rebuild within us this passion to step into the next stage of our spiritual journey. Nehemiah was very comfortable in his life as the cupbearer of the king because it came with prestige and authority, but God had a bigger plan. Deep down Nehemiah had a passion to restore the connection with his people and God gave purpose to his passion and when he stepped out on faith it became his heart's desire.

God may be trying to do the same for you? God may be pushing and tugging at your heart to help you realize that you may already have a passion to rebuild, restore or renew something that has been in your mind or on your heart for some time. The only thing that we need to do is recognize what those passions may be leading us to rebuild. There may be relationships the need to be restored or new opportunities that have been staring you in the face for some time but we feel as though we cannot step out right now. And please remember that all of this is not in our timing but God's. God may be preparing you for the next 5 years before the passion is revealed in a purpose. Or, it may be tomorrow at midnight. Regardless of the day or time, the bigger call is to recognize that God has given us all

different passions to help rebuild our faith, restore our trust and renew our spirit. We have control over our attitudes as we step into each day, and believe me satan is going to do anything possible to derail it. Make a commitment with God to allow your passion to be revealed and to promise God that you will be willing to step out on faith and be stretched beyond what you see in front of you to live into that passion. Rebuild your thought process as it pertains to success. Here was what Albert Einstein thought about failure: "Never think back; continue to push ahead. Obstacles and difficulties are consistently a piece of life. Never let this characterize your future. All things considered, follow your interest, whatever that is. It will interminably go further and more profound. This makes you extraordinary and unique. Never be reluctant to commit errors, for information comes just as a matter of fact. Each misstep is another learning experience. As Albert Einstein cites it – Failure is accomplishment in progress. Steadiness and difficult work are the critical resources to make progress. Trust yourself and continue to pursue your enthusiasm." Albert Einstein’s life trains us to continue to propel ourselves towards our passion, but reminds us that all along the way we many have to stop and rebuild, renew and restore different parts of the puzzle. Take hold and let God formulate the purpose for the passions that are ready to be revealed.

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