For most of my life I have gotten used to people thinking my ideas were crazy. When you naturally think outside of the box you don’t win many popularity contests, especially in a traditional church. Nor does asking the question, “Why” win you favor amongst people. Turns out many people don’t like to answer that question. For me, I wanted to understand the purpose behind things so I can better understand how to best get to the desired end result. I suppose it’s a good thing I never went into the military. Usually when I would have a crazy idea and hear the subsequent “That would never work” or “You don’t know what you’re talking about”
Over time I have become better at ignoring them and then continue to pursue the crazy ideas. For instance, I left a great job at a great law firm so I could live in a van for a year with complete strangers while working as a sound tech (PS I didn’t know what a sound board was before I quit my job). Oh, did I forget to mention that it was all volunteer, no paycheck.
Yup. I did it. For two years. And loved it!
There was the time I moved to Minnesota from New Jersey. Only thing I had was a seasonal job that would pay most of my bills for 6 months. I didn’t think to line up a place to live before I packed my 2001 Cr-V with my worldly possessions and move.
But I did it anyway. And as it turned out I’ve made a pretty good life for myself.
I spent my entire adulthood training and serving in full-time ministry. So it makes sense to leave it all behind and go work in the craft beer industry, right? Did I have experience? Not really but why should that stop me? It took a couple of years to make the full transition but I now work at a great company. You’ll be surprised at how similar the two professions can be at times.
Throughout it all I have learned that one needs to be resolved in pursuing one’s passions. There will be people who will not understand and think you’re crazy. Some will try to put the kabosh on your dreams trying to convince you to be realistic. But don’t be discouraged.
There is a reason that God gave you those passions. They were not placed there accidentally. Remain committed to pursuing them and see where God leads you. I promise it will not be easy at times. Sometimes only your resolution will carry you through but do not be discouraged. But no matter what, remain resolved. Don’t let anyone or anything deter you.
So my question to you — What are your passions? What “crazy ideas” do you have that don’t seem practical?
Do not be afraid, ReSolved disciple! Have peace Jesus Christ is with you. Follow those passions and see what happens. Listen only to the Holy Spirit. Ignore anyone or anything that tries to tell you differently. Trust in the journey that God has planned for you. Remain resolved in the God given passions and serve the LORD with your whole heart. Who knows what fun adventures are awaiting for you?
This Week’s Challenge – What crazy idea lies in the back of your mind that seems too ridiculous to pursue? What is one practical thing you can do this week towards that passion?