Day 8.) 5 Passions I have.
There are quite a few things in life I feel pretty passionate about. It is very hard to just narrow it down to 5 things. I have a lot of daily interest and passions that probably change here and there. I like being healthy, right now, I am getting into running again. I usually quit when it starts getting too cold outside and I can't keep a dry nose. I like decorating and finding bargains and especially cooking. But I guess, my main passions when it gets down to it are what I base my life on. So here are a few of the important ones.
1.) JESUS. Of course I had to throw that one in there, but it IS a passion of mine and its not going away anytime soon. I love him, and I love him more than my husband. Basically if it wasn't for God, I would not have my relationship with my husband. I have been a dedicated Christian for 12 years now and it has been a journey. There were times I questioned and walked all over him but he has always looked at me with such Grace and favor and Patience, I always come back to him. I am amazed at the accuracy of the bible and everytime I have a question or a doubt, I find it in there. I have had the priviledge of studying the bible for 12 years and I still have a ways to go, but I have learned so much that I could never go back on my Faith with Jesus again. It has just made my life so much better.
Some people look at the bible and think it is just a book of rules and regulations and if you don't do this or that you will go to hell, etc. But its so much more than that. It's about an intimate relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for You. Even if you were the only person from then on that had accepted it, He would do it. If you can come up with a better symbolism for Love then by all means show me, but to give your life for someone that is undeserving is what I define as Love. After the Cross, the rules are unnecessary! Following rules does not take you to another spiritual level or bring you any closer to God. God loves you just the way you are. BUT he does love us so much that he doesn't just leave us that way. The rules are more like a guideline, God wants you to have the most abundant life, he can give you, if you trust your life with him, he will make it better. Don't trust your human emotions or your desires, they will ALWAYS fail you. But if you stick to the word, it will NEVER FAIL YOU. I got off on a tangent because thats what you do when you talk about your Passions! :)
2.) PURITY. This goes in hand with self esteem issues and self worth, I see women go through a lot on a daily basis because of a lack of. Randall and I dated for 9 years before we got married and we waited until we were married to do the deed. Crazy, right?! Wrong! If you think its crazy then you have fallen to what society deems acceptable and not what God intended.
Now I am not beating anyone up who struggles with this because I may have not been guilty of this sin but I been guilty of probably the rest of them, so who's counting right?
Anyways, we decided early on in our relationship that we were going to put Christ first and that meant relying solely on him. Not what my girlish, giddy teenage feelings were telling me but what the bible says about it. And if I had to do it over again, I would do it the exact same way. I looked at our relationship as more of a courting. I liked Randall and I thought he was a great guy but I had other things in life to do and I gave God my relationship and always said "If its meant to be, it will be." I did not worry if he liked me or if I was pretty enough or smart enough to keep him. I did not worry about ANY of those things. That is a load off of a girl when you don't have to worry about impressing someone you like a lot.
I see a lot of girls or women now, trying to keep men, trying to chase them down. Catering to their every need. I don't believe in that, at all! I learned early on in my Faith that I am of importance! I mean God, himself sent his only son to die for me, so yea, I'm Important. lol. And I wasn't about to chase NO man! They should be chasing me! The bible says a Godly women is more precious than rubies. And if you are with someone that does not appreciate you for everything you are, then they are not the one. If they are still on the fence about marrying you, then they are not the one!! God made a woman's heart to be won, not gave out to whoever seems right at the moment. And God made men's hearts to compete for women. Why else would we swoon over simple gestures like someone buying us flowers or doing something thoughtful like leaving a love note.
Women, you ARE of very much importance so stop chasing after men and giving your heart and body away to whoever and WAIT for the man that God has sent for you. Its hard but it is sooo worth it!
3.) LOVE. sigh, I could really go on for hours on this one. I just think it should be mirrored as God loves us. Love God, love people. Cliffnotes of the bible right there! God loves us with a Selfless love and thats how we should love people. We should look at people like we don't see any of their flaws, but someone made in the image of God who loves us unconditionally. Not just your friends, not just your church friends. Yes, we are called to be separate but not isolated. If you are a Christian and your only friends are Christians than you are not loving like Christ loves us. Jesus hung out with the outer margins of society. Hmm, what would that be today? hm, who does society pick on a lot? Maybe, homosexuals?! yes I said it. Jesus would probably be hanging out with homosexuals and strippers and maybe some drug users. AND some church people/modern day pharisees would probably be talking about him like the pharisees did back in the day. Jesus pissed the churchy people off some much that they crucified him. I mean, if you think about it, wouldn't you be pissed to if you were a very religious person who prayed aloud everyday went to church everyday and memorized scripture and followed every rule only to see someone claim to be God's son but they were hanging out with people you thought were beneath you and they recieved the same salvation as you do. I've been there, I was that religious person who thought I was better than people (although I fooled myself into not believing that.) I thought, since I was following the rules and being a good little girl I was making it into heaven and others who didn't measure up to where I was, probably weren't. The church has turned a lot of people away based on this assumption and it is a sad thing. We NEED more Love not just for people like us but love for everyone. If you are still confused on what love is read 1 Cor 13:1-13.
4.)FAMILY. I think all these passions somehow connect somewhere. Family is important. I won't harp on this one because I am probably preaching to myself on this one. I don't get to see my family as often as I like, but family is very important to me. I just got to see my only aunt this weekend and I haven't seen her since probably before I got married which is 3 years ago. That is sad on my part, I should be more involved in my families life and make it a point to hang out with them more. But yes, having a close family is another priority and passion of mine.
5.) HEALTH. Overall being healthy is another passion of mine. Now I am NOT the model figure when it comes to being healthy but I do try. I love the way being healthy feels. I hate the feeling while I'm working out for the 30 min to an 1hr workout but I feel so much better the rest of the day. I hate the way I feel when I eat bad foods so for the most part I stick to healthy stuff because it gives me energy and makes me feel better. I hate to see someone abusing their body with anything, food, cigs, drugs, alcohol. We only live once and living a healthy life is not only good for your body image but it can be a selfless thing also. Especially if your married. I started working out after I got married because I did not want to be one of those people that got fat after they got married. Now I know there will be times in my life where I won't be able to workout like when I have babies and other very busy parts of life but that is no excuse to letting yourself go.
Life is a gift and we are only given one so don't abuse it. I don't have any grandparents alive today. I lost my grandpas early in life and my grandmaws a little later. My mom's mother was a diabetic and did not take care of herself. She died when she was only 53! Thats young! Looking back now she was walking around like an 80 year old. She is in Heaven but she missed out on a lot in life and that is sad for her and us. My other maw-maw was an energetic healthy eating little machine but she was a chain smoker she lived longer but I had to watch her go through excruciating pain of getting her lungs drained out every week for the last couple of months when she was alive. She was drowning in her own fluid in her lungs from smoking!! Its 2012 people and smoking kills and damages your body a lot. We have enough knowledge today to know what to eat and what to do to not poison our bodies. Live healthy people its the best way to live!!