Are we listening for passion in the voices of the people we talk to each day? What is it that makes their hearts sing? How are they sharing it?
I think one of the biggest ways to connect to people is to learn what their passion in life is and then to show an interest in it. God made us all unique and precious individuals.
In Romans chapter 12 it says, “6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
We are different. We have different passions, talents, abilities and treasures. They are not meant to be compared and used for competition, but are to be cherished and savored.
One of my passions is encouragement. I know this because there is such a strong desire in my heart to lift up others. It’s also an area that I somehow find the extra energy to do something about it if there is a discouraging environment present. Every day of my life, I am learning how to refine and use this deep seeded desire to encourage to live out the race that God has called me to.
How would you know this about me? Well, I’m a big writer of cards, letters and uplifting emails. Perhaps you have been the recipient of one of them. Or a better way to know would be if you have spent any time talking to me, you will hear it in my voice. You will hear a different level of energy and excitement. You would hear phrases like “small, but mighty”, “planned acts of kindness”, “the gift of written prayer” and “the art of letter writing”.
We need to listen for that excitement and passion in the voices around us. When we recognize it, we need to give them the opportunity to share it with us. If you really want to experience joy in this day, allow someone to share their passion with you. You will bring just as much joy as you get.
Even if you don’t have a clue what it is, just listen. I am always amazed at how patient people can be when they are explaining an area they are excited about. It’s like they have a whole new willingness to slow down and help me understand. An awesome benefit of this is that you get to learn and grow along the way.
Perhaps you don’t know what your passion is. Maybe you are thinking, how can I recognize it in others if I don’t know myself? Talk to God. Listen to Him, He created you and is there to help you be the best you can be. Listen to how you talk to Him. Talk with a trusted friend. Share yourself with others.
We must ask ourselves, who can we talk to today or this week? Listen with new ears, can you identify their gifts and passions?
Dear Lord, thank you for making each of us a priceless masterpiece. Please help us to recognize and cherish who you made us to be. Help us also to have ears and minds that would really listen to the people in our lives. May we be able to slow down and show our appreciation to them when they share. May our joy grow to new fullness through the experience. Most of all may we listen to You and Your passions in this day. Amen