Dear Life and those Living,
Looking back I can say I have definitely learned that it takes sincere passion and discipline to do what you’ve been called to do. I was in Bible study a few nights ago and Bishop said when the passion runs out, the discipline kicks in…TRUTH! It has to! That goes for anything in this life that you call yourself dedicated to; your craft, your talent… even in prayer, discipline outweighs the passion. I love the Lord and I’ve given my life to Him to use me as a vessel for his work, and therefore I walk down the paths and through the gates less traveled by the masses - and I’m completely ok with that… But no matter how much I love Him, I still get weary sometimes; I don’t feel like praying or fasting or praying and praying and praying… so after my passion feels like it’s running on fumes, that’s when my DISCIPLINE kicks in! So you must have both because one can’t function on passion alone.
Passion is loving what you do, and loving it so much that you would do it for free. Discipline is studying it, seeking others who have done it, practicing it again and again. The passion makes it fun; the Discipline makes it worth it. If you were called to do it, then it’s worth it. You get out of life what you put in it… find out what Faith is and learn to walk in it.
I have to love what I do to wake up at 3am, to go to sleep after midnight, to be self motivated to research/study/practice, try this, try that, and to keep challenging myself to be better than yesterday. The drive to make it beyond my wildest dreams has given me the necessary gift & skill of filtering out the unimportant, the negative and the distractions. I’ve learned that it’s not only important to find out who you are; but it’s equally important to find out who you are supposed to be.
Mistakes and all… I’m in it to win it, give it and learn it, teach it and be it. Passion + Discipline = …. (Well if you do the math right, you’ll get a “WIN” every time!)