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Passion

 

I used to compete at the highest level in my sport of Clay Target Shooting in Australia. In the 1997 Nationals I tied for first place in the National Skeet Doubles event, one of the toughest events in this sport.

I had to shoot off for the title with a guy from Queensland. One miss and your out… they call it sudden death. Well you can imagine the adrenalin was pumping as I went into the shoot off. We went around the course a couple of times with no misses until finally I missed a target….  second place. It was a good result from out of the 400 competitors who attended that day… but no Gold title for me.

The other shooter in the shoot off said something to me that I remember today as clear as the day he said it…. ‘You didn’t want it bad enough.’

So what makes the difference between the competitor who gets first place and and the one who gets second?

What makes the difference between a good leader and a world changer?

What did Nelson Mandela have that changed Africa?
What did Martin Luther King have that changed America?
What did Mother Teresa have that changed the lives for so many?

What did Jesus Christ have that changed the world forever?

 

Passion

 

Passion -    

  1. a powerful or compelling emotion or feeling
  2. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything
  3. the object of such a fondness or desire

from dictionary.com

What does passion do?

It does not consider impossibilities.
It only understands possibilities.
It trusts and believes in the cause.
It sees and can only see the vision.
It cannot be swayed, convinced or lured away from the object of its desire.
It does not accept defeat.
It is relentless.
It does not count any cost to great.
It attracts others to join its cause.
It says yes when others say no.
It holds the victory in its hands even though the battle has yet to be fought.
It is prepared to step outside of the boundaries of reason and normality.

And when it is driven by...

Faith Hope & Love

It is Unstoppable

 

Do you have the Passion for the Vision?

Can you live without a vision?
When the path to your vision does not go the way you expect do you give up?
Walk away from it?
Or say to yourself, ‘I must have been wrong?’
Or do you say …
‘It was only a dream and I am ok with accepting second best, that’s my place anyway.’
What would it take for you to sell your vision? Money? Fame? Comfort?
Does it have to be done your way?
If the vision seems to die would you give up?

If you have to say ‘yes’ to any of these questions then your vision is in trouble.

If you can say ‘yes’ to these next two questions then you have a good chance of living in your vision.

Are you prepared to put your vision on the altar of submission to God?
Are you prepared to put your vision on the altar of submission to the man God appoints over you?

Let’s not beat about the bush, or make it easy. If you have a vision or you want a vision for your life then count the cost. If what I have said so far is difficult for you then I have some bad news for you…

If you accept ‘the call’ then the journey is going to be tough. It has to be because you will need this strength to carry the vision once you get there.

The journey builds the strength in you.

Want to live a significant life?

Do you want an ordinary life or an extra-ordinary life?

Do you want it bad enough?

Do you have the Faith to see it through, the Hope of God’s promise to you, the Love that will pay the price that makes the difference?

Ask for it and it will be given to you… pressed down and shaken together.

What He has done for others He will do for you.

 

How passionate are you?

 

 

 

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