"He wired us, put us together with specific passions, and designed us for divine purposes...."
When I read this in a devotion the other day it started me thinking. What divine purpose am I designed for? I love that thought! I'm not just randomly on the earth marking time. There's no such thing as an unimportant day. God has a plan and a purpose for me. And I can know that purpose by what my passions are. God actually designed and formed within me passions that will lead me to perform the purpose He has for my life!
As I think about my passions, I think all the way back to my very early childhood when I started reading. I devoured books that were years above my age level. But more than that, I was driven to read. My Mom would find me sitting on kitchen counters reading the labels of cans that were in the cupboard! I couldn't get enough---I read everything. One year my parents gave me a set of encyclopedias for Christmas (this was way before Google, young readers) and I picked up volume one and started reading. I read through the whole set like it was a novel series. I loved learning and studying. It was, and is, a passion for me.
When I became a Christian in my early 20's that passion was transferred to the Bible and anything connected to it. For years I literally marinated my mind in the Word of God, Jewish history, Church history, the works of Christian writers through the ages---anything I could get my hands on that would tell me more about our awesome Father God, His precious Son, and His powerful Holy Spirit. I can remember starting first thing in the morning after my husband and kids where out the door and not looking at the clock again until 4:00 in the afternoon! God's Word was literally my food and drink.
But it was all for myself until 1992 when I was asked to teach a women's evening Bible study. After 20 years of teaching, I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that its my divine purpose. It's why I'm on this earth. God formed the passion within me to do His will for my life. Do you want to know God's will for YOUR life? Ask yourself, "What is my passion?"