I picked up very early on in my marriage that my husband loves taking road trips. How did I discover this, it was easy, because he decided it would be fun to do a road trip for our honeymoon! The first hours of the trip, I drove while he poured over maps and enjoyed views along the way. All this fueled his passion for adventure. This road trip at first did not fuel my passion, especially in my car that did not have air conditioning, no power windows, no cruise control, and we were traveling through the deep south in July with high humidity, unexpected thunderstorms, well you get the picture.
While he studied maps (this was before GPS and smartphones), I became more frustrated with each passing mile that did not seem to come fast enough. My husband on the other hand enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns to reach our new home in Quantico, Virginia. At first, I was a bump on a log, though my heart kept prompting me to shift my perspective.
With God's help, I began to discover what fueled my passion. The spark slowly ignited to want to find what fulfilled my mission in this new adventure called married life. As I asked God for guidance, He revealed the importance to find joy in the journey. He helped me discover my gifts and talents that led to me planning the routes with my husband while creating the memories along the way. Just reaching my destination soon was not enough. I discovered how to shift my perspective from where I was to where I want to be in the journey.
Romans 12:6—Having gifts (faculties, talents, qualities) that differ according to the grace given us, let us use them. AMPC
What fuels your passion? What gifts, talents, and qualities has God planted in you? Have you let excuses stop you from pursuing what motivates you? It is important to understand what drives you because knowledge allows you to pursue your passions. Passion never retires, it just needs to be ignited. If given the opportunity, it will propel you to not just go through life but grow through life.
Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish line—mature, complete, and wanting nothing.– James 1:2-3 VOICE