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Friday, June 24, 2011


Scripture to reflect upon: 2 Timothy 2:22
So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

What are your passions from your former life? Are you still pursuing them in hopes of making them a part of your current life while serving God?

I was a wild child from the age of twelve to twenty-nine. I started drinking at twelve, lost my virginity at thirteen, started doing drugs at thirteen, and probably had over four dozen boyfriends just by the age of twenty! Those are not things I’m proud to admit, but they are part of my past nonetheless. What’s so great about my past is that it has been wiped clean. The day I gave my life to Christ was the day I began my new life. It was the ultimate second chance in life!

Drugs. Drinking. Men. Sex. They ruined me.

I often tell the story about what an amazing guitar player I was by the age of fourteen. Boy, could I play! I played classical, folk and rock. I used to sing, too. Those were my passions; playing guitar and singing. I gave them up to pursue the passions of the world.

Sometimes in our incredibly ignorant belief that in order to not conform to the norm, we end up doing just that! We end up being just like everyone else with no real identity to call our own. We just end up looking odd, like the rest of the followers of the worldly ways.

I often think I could have done something big with my music had I not given it up. Imagine. When I was young, there weren’t a whole lot of women guitar players that were famous. It was a man’s world. About the time I turned twenty, women guitar players were shocking the world! That could have been me. But I decided to pursue the passions of things that did nothing for me—that made me nothing else but like everyone else.

Those were the passions of my youth. But God is calling His children to grow up. It’s time we matured in who we are in Him. It’s time to put away youthful ideas and mentalities and pursue the things of righteousness, faith, love and peace.

I’m not saying give up on your passions. What I am saying is give up the passions of the world that lured you in when you were younger. Those passions will lure you away from God. Are you still drinking to get drunk? Are you still solving your problems with drugs? Are still trying to find comfort in reckless relationships instead of loving Christ and being loved by Him?  These are the passions of the world. The passions of our youth. But now you are being called to pursue the passions of Jesus.

I see too many people today who are still trying to pursue the passions of their youth. They are stuck in the mindset of the past. They are lost in pursuit of something that no longer exists. They have become their past and can't move. Their hope is for something they can no longer have: the past. But yet they keep living it out, day after day, wondering why nothing changes.

NOTE TO SELF: Apply righteousness, faith, love and peace in your life to compliment the passions you have today!

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