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Used with permission. Photo by upyernoz at http://www.flickr.com/people/upyernoz/ Q. I Can't Find My Work Passion!

A. While it is an important thing to pray and ponder about what vocation we are most passionate about, some of us may find that we just don't have a supreme work passion. This can be troubling at times. "Hasn't God made me for a very specific calling (yes) that I will be exceedingly on fire about (not necessarily!)?" Most Christians from the time of Christ until now have only had things like farming and carpentry for choices, and I don't think we can assume that all the godly Christians loved farming for farming's sake. They just had to do it. They were called to it. They had to provide for families. In the same way, we need not have a passion in life except the passion for God. Search and pray, but do not despair over it if you come up empty handed!

God alone has the right to be our passion, and He alone is infinitely worthy of being so. Our core thrill in life- and as such our sole pursuit- must be God. Any other person or thing which rivals God in our hearts is an idol... unless it is a passion because of our love for God. That is to say, if God is the real beauty and goal behind and in our zeal for a job, then it is not the job, the vocation, which is being glorified. God is the One being glorified. If, on the other hand, it is the work only which is desired, then it is not lawful. Scripture forbids it. However innocent it may seem, a God-less passion is a sinful passion- a false god.

Is the God of the Old and New Testaments your supreme passion? Then don't get too hung up about not finding a job which totally consumes you. He may have you where you are for a season, because He cares more about your soul than about your vocation. He may have you there for the rest of your life. Not to worry! "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Ecclesiastes), and for God. This life will give way soon enough to the glory of the endless ages to come!

"Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."
Psalm 73: 25-26 (ESV)