A month ago I took a Passion Test with my friend and fellow entrepreneur Derek Hendricks. He took me through a series of questions which led me to finding my passions. The final exercise was writing my passions in the form of a short story of how my life will look when I’m living my passions.
I knew it was a good exercise for me because I’m into the self discovery methods like this. I don’t see it as self discovery, but instead the discovery of what God designed me from the womb to be passionate about.
Alfred Lord Tennyson said
“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”
Now I’m reading this short story to myself daily. And I didn’t fully understand or know why I was reading it daily until I realized that by reading it daily I was reinforcing my passions!
But before you go off taking your passion test too, you have to understand that I was doing it under the context of a Godpreneur: that God gave me these passions and its my duty to live them out.
Its important that we pursue our passions, but passions can be used for good and bad. So how do we guard our passions and make sure they always align with our Godpreneurial purpose?
Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
Your passions come from your heart. So guarding your heart is the secret to keeping your passions aligned.
Living your passion requires a practiced decision we must make in theory, well ahead of the practical test. We must decide that we are going to “Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” (Proverbs 4:24-27)
You can destroy something you have built up over a long time in a matter of seconds if you let your passions get the better of you.
Godpreneurs: Give your heart to God and take the passion test to begin channeling your passions toward personal growth.