Passion may motivate, but putting your hands to the plough and prioritising those projects that burn beneath the daily grind will cause them to surface and move your trajectory away from just slogging through to breaking through.
I’ve really been enjoying reading the book of Proverbs in The Passion, Translation and Proverbs 12:27 says A passive person won’t even complete a project. I believe kind of a probably a more kind of word for word translation of that something like the King James would set would talk about a lazy man not even going out to harvest the things that he’s planted. Yeah, but a passionate person continues the verse in The Passion. But a passionate person makes good use of his time, wealth and energy.
And as Christian creatives, we’re really working out what God is working in us. I believe that the creative spirit of God dwells in your spirit, and he is really itching and looking to partner with you on projects that will not only change your life, but the lives of those you minister to and by minister. I’m not talking about necessarily in a religious context. All of life is a life of service, which essentially is a life of ministry. Whatever realm we are operating in, God has equipped us and anointed us to bring value to the table.
So whatever your strengths and gifts, he is there to make those gifts shine. Yeah, but this can only happen when you translate what’s in your heart all the way through to your hands. It’s got to it’s got to come through from just merely residing as an idea or a hope and actually something that we put some skin in the game, too, that we put our hand to. Scripture tells us that God prospers those things that we put our hand to.
Okay, so it’s not just what we think about. It’s not just the things that we might do one day. Maybe it’s really putting, as I say, skin in the game that brings possibilities to bear and opens up potential. You know, our results always guarantee to know that not we know that from experience. You know, will acting always lead to the desired outcome? No, but it will lead somewhere. At least we’re making progress. At least we’re growing.
At least we’re learning what whatever the outcomes are, there is something of worth and something of value that we can draw from the experience and the journey that we take when we begin to put feet to faith and put our hands to those things that reside presently, maybe just in your heart or in your head. So why do many people get caught up in a life of a busy life? Yeah, of passivity, a busy life of passivity. It seems like the two things are contrary to one another.
But from what I’ve observed and from my own experience, you know, I certainly see that most of us are busy. It’s just what we are busy with that really determines how much we’re able to bring to the table and the kind of income and the kind of impact we can expect to have. And it’s it really isn’t just all about activity. Don’t misunderstand me. It’s not all about just hustle and hassle and, you know, sweat and blood, because that’s really not the nature of God.
God wants to lead us in rest. He wants us to be people of hearing, not just hustling. Yeah, but we do tend to fill our days with activity. The more time we have, the more things we do. We tend to find to fill that time. You know, we’re running here and there, even if just in our mind, even if just in our thinking and it ties us up in knots. Sometimes it seems that there is less time than we have activities to fill those minutes and hours made available to us.
And so and passivity is a busy, busy life of passivity. Passivity is I’m really coming at this from the perspective of those projects that may be important to us, but they’re not urgent. And and we kind of often the hours that we’re feeling are not filled with the activities that are most precious to us and and are not moving towards our most eagerly desired outcomes. Creative projects like Dormont in the tomorrow treh begging for attention. And, you know, every so often they get a cursory glance if we feel inspired or guilty enough, guilty enough to reach over.
Kind of shift them a little further up the priority list, but oftentimes they just end up being shuffled back down again. You know, in this in this scripture, it says a passionate person makes good use of his time, wealth and energy. And as we know, time, wealth and energy all have a limited supply. And so it’s up to us where we choose to invest them beyond the necessities. There are daily choices that we make in regard to the direction that we choose to pursue in our book.
Writers don’t begin as bestsellers. Entrepreneurs rarely start their journey with their finances. Flourishing ideas are just the beginning. But they must, as I say, move from the heart to the head where we begin to make plans and set priorities. And finally to our hands, sorry to our head, where we make plans and priorities and finally to our hand, where we give substance to the hope and bring value to the world by translating or crystallising those ideas into something tangible.
You know, I’m committed to do all I can to lay my life on the line and spill as much goodness into the world as I can. And with God’s help, I believe that I can help others do the same. I believe you are called to that very same ministry. You are called to bring value to the world. And with God’s help, you are called to help others. Yeah, that’s the way the cycle works, you know.
And so my question today is, what are the recipients of your time, your wealth and your energy? And where are your most precious resources being spent? You know, time, wealth, energy, you know, give give some consideration today how you might complete some unfinished projects and don’t aim for for for perfection. Shoot just for produced. Published in public. Yeah. A completed project in need of betterment is always more useful than a near perfect project stalled in the pits, you know, say and as you’ll find as you bring projects to completion, as you bring ideas to completion, it will add confidence to you and confidence will lead to you connecting more fully with your dreams and the desires that faith has planted in your heart.
Instead of perceiving yourself as someone who doesn’t quite make the grade, you look in the mirror and you’ll begin to see a finisher, someone who takes what they know, takes what they have and makes it real. You know, instead of doubting yourself, you’ll discover that the well of motivation runs far deeper than you realise, you know it will. And that motivation will spill into your tomorrow and continue and carry you beyond just the ideas and intentions that you have right now into bigger, braver, bolder endeavours.
You know, passion may motivate your movement, but putting your hand to the plough and prior prioritising those projects that really burn beneath just the daily grind and the necessities of our lives, you’re beginning to give priority to those things, will cause them to surface and move your trajectory away from just slogging through to actually breaking through. You will discover that it is possible to passion from many of the things to to profit from many of the things that you’re passionate about.
And as much as it sometimes sounds like motivational mumbo, you know, it’s really not acting daily toward your desired outcomes is the one essential that can really change the game. You know, of course, it will take courage. There will be days where you find discouragement. Absolutely. But it will be worth it, you know, but you’ll never know just how worth it. It can be until you make the decision to find out. And instead of passively looking and hoping and considering and thinking and even praying sometimes can be a way in which we procrastinate, because there has to be a time where hard moves from to head plans are made and then to hand where we actually put our skin in the game and begin to work on those projects that we believe can take us where we actually want to go.
Well, thanks for listening. Hopefully it’s been an encouragement to you today. If you want to connect any further, you can do so through my website at Davidleemartin.com. Have a great day.