For many years, I lived under the false principle that I must maintain peace at all costs. Living this way led me to sacrifice the passions that God had put in my heart.
I remember very clearly the day that my mentor/coach Chris challenged me in this area. He said to me: “Kevin, you have sacrificed your passions for peace.”
It hit me like a ton of bricks.
I believed this was what God was calling me to do. I believed that all conflict was bad. I believed that it was wrong for me to express my God given passions.
The problem was, I was settling for a false peace and I was dying inside because I wasn’t living out my God-given passions.
I was seeking my acceptance, security and significance in what others thought of me and not from God.
I was not living the abundant life that Jesus came to give!
This realization (amongst many others) began a process of renewal in my life.
I began to recognize and appreciate the passions that God had instilled with in me.
I began to overcome my insecurities and started to express those passions to those around me.
I began to become the me that God wanted me to be and not the me that others wanted me to be!
Of course, this is still a struggle for me but I am continuing to move forward.
Have you ever sacrificed your passions for peace?
***** This post is part of the blog carnival on “Sacrifice” that is happening over at Peter Pollock’s blog. Go and check out the rest of the posts!