Passion #2

Is being passionate about what you do, a good thing or a bad thing?

…one of the most fiercely driven executives to ever live, once said, “I value passion probably more than any other attribute.” As CEO of a $60 billion company, he saw to it that only the most passionate employees were recruited, and he encouraged the pursuit of performance at all costs. He worked with unabashed fervour, arriving early and staying late, trading his biological family for his corporate one. During his reign, his company, rated by Fortune Magazine as the most innovative in America, dramatically outperformed the market.

The CEO’s name was Jeffrey Skilling, his company was Enron, and his unadulterated passion to keep growing its financial performance gave rise to one of the most monumental corporate frauds and bankruptcies in history….

All too often people become passionate about achieving a goal, and end up wrapping their identity in that goal and losing sight of their inner reasons for setting out to accomplish it in the first place. They take on a success-at-all-costs mind-set, and as a result hurt themselves and others.

Jesus Christ was even more passionate, His identity was also wrapped in His goal for which He gave His life.

24 Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.  (John 17)

Let Christ’s passion for you fuel and direct your life’s passions. Feed those passions that give eternal returns while placing the others in their place.

Denis Oliver