05 August, 2017

Be Fearless in the Pursuit of What Sets Your Soul on Fire



Rachel from Silver Mess, and Grace from Totally Graced recently shared posts where they challenged themselves to share a memory in one hundred words. I thought it was a great idea, and decided to condense what I wanted to share into one hundred words. My posts normally run between five to eight hundred words, so you can imagine I understand the ‘challenge’ part of it. I didn’t quite make it down to one hundred, but anyway, here’s my current inspiration on being passionate. I’m looking forward to hearing what you make of passion, and tell me if you try the one hundred word challenge!




 

My music teacher advised: pursue your passion. If it doesn’t work out, go study law. But if it does, you spend your life doing what you love.


Sara Beth said passion is God given; it’s how we’re created to exist. She quoted La La Land: “People love what other people are passionate about.” 


Ove’s wife says in A Man Called Ove: “We can busy ourselves with living or with dying...” 


Why settle for okay when you could be excited, on fire, spending and being spent, living up, wearing out, but you love it. You’re alive. You’re doing what you’re made for.


I’m re-evaluating:  am I doing it because I’m obliged, because it happened, or because I feel called, I fervently desire, I have excitement, enthusiasm, recklessly brave abandon, not to spend my life on something, but to give my life for something?


The world needs passionate people.

34 comments:

  1. YES YES YES AMEN AMEN and AMEN

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  2. WOW. Sometimes...less is truly more. I love all your posts so much but for 100 words this packed a punch. <3
    I can't say how much that just encouraged me right now...Thank you so much for writing it Jessica <3

    Anna | www.worldthroughherheart.blogspot.com

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    1. Praise God - I'm glad it could encourage you, Anna! You're so welcome.

      Yes, it surprised me too how much could be said in a few words. Thanks for your continual support! <3

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  3. Wow. I have no words. Just...<3

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    1. Aw, thanks Jess - all praise to Him! xx

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  4. Absolutely beautiful, Jessica!! What a good reminder. The world does need more passionate people—people who are not afraid to show that they actually care about something. What a powerful set of 100 words. <3
    This post resonated deep in my soul.
    xx

    Sophy of sophyslighthouse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Soph! Yes - it kind of links back to insecurity doesn't it?! It's about casting off fear and following our calling. Thanks for mentioning that; now I have a whole new train of thought to pursue. :) I'm so glad it spoke to you, and thanks for always being here. xx

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  5. This speaks so much truths on so many levels. As someone pondering what to do with their future (maybe environmental engineering with a minor in creative writing or English and public speaking), you've prompted more questions for me to figure out, but you have reminded me to go for something I'm passionate about, so thank you for that.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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    1. It can be so hard to know what to do! It sounds like you have some great ideas and interests to pursue though. Yes, life is too short to be doing something we're not enthusiastic about.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Abby, and all the best with your future. Keep pursuing what makes you come alive! xx

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  6. Just what I need to hear... Amen Jess, passion there's just something totally amazing about it.
    Let's be passionate people!

    Blessings!

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    1. Well, praise God! There is - it changes everything. Amen! We're in this together. Thanks for your comment, and blessings to you too! :)

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  7. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! You took the 100 word challenge to a whole new level. <3

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    1. Aw, thanks Grace. Thanks so much for the inspiration! xx

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  8. WOAHHHHH GIRL.
    This speaks to me so much. Not only is it beautiful written, but it's so convicting and full of life.
    always thankful for your wise words!

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    1. You're so sweet - thanks for your encouraging comment! Praising God this could speak to you! xx

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  9. Wow! I stumbled on this by chance, but this is awesome! Good job:)

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    1. Hey! Well, it's nice to have you - thanks for reading and commenting! And thanks for initiating the one hundred words challenge. I enjoyed it! :)

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  10. yessss, THE WORLD NEEDS PASSIONATE PEOPLE. oh this post!! I loved every word <3333

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    1. Well Paige, I consider you to be one of them! Keep being His ambassador! Thanks for reading and leaving your sweet thoughts. :)

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    1. Praise God! Thanks for blessing me by your comment!

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  12. Great post!! 'The world needs passionate people' - that's true! And even more it needs people who are passionate about Jesus! Passion is underrated, a lot of the time we lack enthusiasm. But we just need to find what we're passionate about and let it shine through!

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    1. Yes, yes! And I think passion for Jesus will be the most 'passionate passion' because really, that's the Holy Spirit working in us. And God's spirit - how much more can it get?!

      I agree. Let's be passionate people for Him! Thanks for reading and commenting, girl! xx

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  13. This is beautiful. The world needs more people who radiate passion in everything they do.
    Keep spreading your passion!
    ~Mira

    www.steppinginsunshine.blogspot.com

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    1. Mira! I found your blog recently and have been meaning to leave you a comment, but somehow you beat me to it! Thanks so much for your encouragement and for following. :)

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  14. Wow...This post is straight fire. Love it! There is something so impactful about the brevity of these words and the pictures they paint. Your music teacher is very wise, and so are you! These lines killed me. Thank you for sharing!! :)

    PS. I've been meaning to read A Man Called Ove, is it any good? :)

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    1. Yes, even a single word can carry so much. I need to learn how to make each one count! My music teacher is awesome - she teaches me so much more than music. :)

      A Man Called Ove is a delightful book. It has quite a lot of profanity unfortunately, but you can't help but love the characters and the way they develop. Let me know what you think when you get to read it!

      Thanks for commenting, Erin. It's so nice to hear from you!

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  15. Wow! Thanks Jess for the inspiration to re-evaluate my own life and live out my life passionately for Christ!

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    1. Thanks heaps, Nayda! Praise God. :) Keep living passionately for Him!

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  16. So I have a list on my phone I started where I write down little quotes and thoughts under different categories, just so when I need some help in a area, and I literally copied a line from your post under my "Motivation" category.

    THIS IS INSPIRING, GIRL.

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    1. Wow, I'm honoured. Praise God this could speak to you! And that is a really good idea - I may have to try it. :) Thanks for blessing me with your comment!

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