“Run away from youthful desires. Instead, direct your passion to chasing after righteousness, faithfulness, love, and peace, along with those who call upon the Lord with pure hearts.” (II Timothy 2: 22, The Voice Translation)
Our youthful desires may have felt worthwhile. We may have fed those wants or perhaps they still seem unfulfilled. We may believe those passions within us are what make us feel vital and alive, that they are what bring us joy.
But we can take that fire we all still have, that true passion that can’t be burned out, and direct it toward what is really healing and impactful, what serves others and inspires and uplifts us as well.
We can stop chasing after or mourning over personal goals; we can give up that drive to achieve or to have, and instead focus on giving. We can make a practice of deepening our understanding of what is truly right and good. We can seek to discover more about Love—how to feel it within and to share it without neediness or fear.
It starts with a pure heart. We can release what we think we are—what we believe makes us valid in the world or to ourselves—and let the passion that is God’s own light in us lead us into new possibilities. We can exchange the ego’s desires for our true divine purpose—to humbly listen, to grow in grace, and to live with a passionate love for God, good, and for our fellow man.
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