I sat in a conference lab today at a conference called Catalyst. Basically this means I sat and heard an influential speaker talk on a specific subject today. The subject just happened to be a subject that is right in my wheel house. The topic on “LIVING OUT YOUR PASSION” something that I talk about frequently on my blog and in real life. This speaker just happened to be a great friend of mine Alli Worthington. I’ll never forget when she shared with me on an airplane to Ethiopia last year that she was leaving the amazing company that she helped build for many years because it wasn’t truly unfulfilling and lacking what she felt her God given passion was. I was blown away by this, but some how I understood. This trip that I was taking her on was a bit of a fleece for her. A way of saying “God, I’m listening and I need you to talk to me.” I think when we all need to hear clearly, we all need to get away some how and quiet ourselves in some way. This just happened to be the way for Alli to quiet herself and hear what was next for her.
After her talk it was time for question and answer. This is always a time that is concerning for even the most confident of speaker. No one likes a quiet room when it’s Q&A time, right Alli? ha! However, in this case the questions came flooding over the mic. Questions like “why did you quit such an amazingly successful business” and it went so far as a man talking about being an entrepreneur and never getting to see his kids, and then it was thrown to a woman that went off on how she never saw her dad because he was a workaholic. It was quite a therapy moment for many, and one of the most memorable Q&A sessions after a talk that I’ve ever experienced. I have to believe that this had to do with the topic “Living Out Your Passion”. I felt a plethera of emotions in the room. A variety of passions, with uncertainties attached. I also felt the question rumbling that no one ever asked, and maybe I should have. The question being “is more even enough?” When we are ministry, can we ever be settled? Can we ever be fully fulfilled? Is just providing for our family enough?
ARE YOU LIVING YOUR PASSION? IF NOT, THAT’S OKAY, BUT ARE YOU LIVING “A” PASSION, EVEN IF IT’S NOT YOUR VOCATION? WHAT IS ENOUGH FOR YOU?
Photos by Daniel C White