At the age of five, I remember how my grandmother took away my ice cream because she said I was eating it like a pig. For over two months after that, I refused to greet her. When she would come into the house, I would walk right past her. When she said goodbye, I would wave with no eye contact. Years later, my grandma told me how much that affected her. Before the ice cream incident, I would run up to her and give her a big hug, and I always wanted to be around her. I could only imagine how much this broke her, but at the time, I didn't care. All I cared about was how I felt and how I wanted to get what I wanted. Now I am 31, and I still have that little five-year-old boy in me but in a different way. God used that fire as the block of the sculpture He would begin to chisel away. Anger is an uncontrolled passion, but passion can still be defined as anger, stubbornness, or frustration. They all come from the same root of belief. At the age of five, I believed so strongly that I didn't care how anyone else felt about my actions. I just did it. Although it wasn't the best way to handle it (I was five don't hold it over me.), God was teaching me an important lesson. Passion doesn’t start off making sense, but it is something everyone has.
Authentic passion is the door to possibilities. It’s the initiation of your calling. It's the feeling of knowing without knowing. Many times, we act out our gift of incredible passion, responding with anger or stubbornness and even expressing frustration. Unfortunately, this leads to two months with no ice cream and a broken heart. Without wisdom, your passion will never truly be born. I believe everyone is born with passion, but not everyone is born with wisdom. Wisdom is something you have to work at, and time is required for wisdom. I see many of us not willing to put in the time and work to gain wisdom to add to our passion. Wisdom also requires humility, and with every passion, there is pride. When bringing these two elements together, only one will survive. In order for passion to reach its full potential, we must let humility win over pride. I believe this is when true faith is born, and once faith is born, God can maximize the passion He created in you. Pride is based only on what you can see, and humility is using other eyes to see.
2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we live by faith, not by sight.
Reach your full potential and fuse your passion with wisdom. There you will find self.