Saturday, February 26, 2011

Do you lack passion? Are you going through the motions?

I wanted to share this song with you because it's very encouraging and I hope it gives you a reminder or a new perspective today about being passionate about your personal life, your work life, and your spiritual life.

In my tiny sliver of existence of three decades, I've learned that often times I can feel that life is stale.

  • Personal. For instance, in our personal lives, we might find after years of spending time with a love one, we "feel" that we are too distant.

  • Business. Or it could be in our workplace, after months or years in a job, we "feel" that we're no longer passionate about it.

  • Spiritual. Or in our spiritual life, we may say that we believe in God, say the right words, go to church services every weekend, yet outside of that, we don't really talk to Him. Only when we are in deep trouble do we even think of reaching out to Him.

  • If this sounds too familiar, then you have been to a place that all of us go through: a wilderness. It's a place where there's a lack of feeling, a lack of passion, it eats at us slowly. Typically it isn't an instant ride there, it takes one compromise after another, a feeling after another, one turn after the next until we find ourselves at a dead end.

    I learned the hard way on September 1998 that I can't afford to be in the wilderness with my life. (Ask me later what happened.) I can't afford to have regrets, I can't afford to ask, "what if?". I was taught that my life on earth, in a very real way, could be gone in seconds, in minutes. It was the greatest life lesson that one could ask for. I was forced to stare at death and it stared back at me.

    Make the best of life, choose to be happy, choose not to be numb to the world around you. Make a difference, look at your love ones, look at the people around you, and look to God even for the smallest needs.

    Life is too short for this junk. Don't go through the motions, put passion behind your work, your loved ones, and be real with God. Wake up with energy, eat a full meal at the beginning of your day, then drive the rest of the day with passion because this life is a gift, and it's too short to waste. Before you take a full rest of sleep, check yourself in the mirror, did you try your best in your personal, work, and spiritual life? If you did, smile, pray, then sleep well. If you didn't, smile, pray, then sleep well. :-)

    So without further ado, here's the song by Matthew West, called "The Motions". I have included the lyrics below and the YouTube song clip. You can buy it on Amazon for $0.99 cents.

    This might hurt
    It’s not safe
    But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
    I don’t care
    If I break
    At least I’ll be feeling something
    ‘Cause just ok
    Is not enough
    Help me fight through the nothingness of life

    I don’t wanna go through the motions
    I don’t wanna go one more day
    Without Your all consuming passion inside of me
    I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking
    What if I had given everything?
    Instead of going through the motions

    No regrets
    Not this time
    I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
    Let Your love
    Make me whole
    I think I’m finally feeling something

    Take me all the way
    Take me all the way
    Take me all the way

    Also here's another important principle: ask someone to pray for you!

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