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My Passion

Monday, March 24, 2014



I do have a passion. It's to serve other people. The Freudian's in the group might nod their heads and suggest this stems from sort of insecurity. Simply put it stems from a place of love. You see, tucked away, somewhere beneath all the vitriol many people believe in today about Jesus message I believe is a simple one.



You may have your opinions and beliefs that's your God given right. Have them with love. Accent them with service to others.

It's not always easy to serve. That's why its my passion. We dont have a lot of material things. There are nights I lie in bed and think Joan could have done a whole lot better because she deserves a whole lot more than I've given her but then it dawns on me that I couldn't have done this without her. People tell me that with my intelligence, my wit, my charm, and creativity that I should get a nose bleed from the pile of money I could be sitting on. Others suggest I'm a bit of sap or an easy touch. I'll give my service away to someone who needs it long before I'll walk away because they cant afford me or afford to pay the value of my service. I'll help someone who needs the help because if I truly call myself a Christian then I have to put Jesus message high above anyone else s. Thats not negotiable and I'll tell you not everyone understands that.

A few years ago I made a new friend here at Spark who I guess could be best described as agnostic in belief. After we'd known one another awhile they shared that when I told them I was a Christian their response was "Oh-oh." Later they came to realize I was unlike any Christian they'd ever met.

Don't misunderstand. I'm no saint, not close to it. Paul said somewhere that "He stood before God as a great sinner." Me too, me too.

I get angry, I get frustrated I can be quite the hypocrite and often been told I am high maintenance. I am arrogant and judgmental. I'm a people pleaser who is a compulsive over eater. I live with panic and anxiety disorder and I'll lose sleep at night worrying if you like me or not. I dont always practice what I preach and every now and then I'd like to go to sleep at night and not worry about paying the bills at the end of the month.

But I serve because like breathing it's an intrinsic part of who I am. It is as the old movie once said A Magnificent Obsession. Yes, my dear one, my passion is to love and to serve and to take great joy when you succeed. It always has been and it always will be

Be blessed today

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BETRHO48 3/25/2014 11:04AM

    emoticon Great blog! Thanks for sharing.
We Christians must all pause to remember that we cannot do the work Jesus intends for us to do if we don't take care of ourselves (our health) first so we are fit for service. So for Christians, some of that passion we have for others ought to be placed upon ourselves and getting our own house in order (part of our witness). Getting our own bodies in good working order is what the Lord intended from the start. After all, didn't he place Adam and Eve in a garden with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables?
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 3/25/2014 6:33AM

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We seek autonomy, mastery and purpose with our work, and with what we love to do, whether we are paid or not. Serving others fulfills the "purpose" part of the equation.

We are all right now "unpaid internet content providers" (I actually mockingly give that as a job description when my kids ask me what I do all day) because we love to seek and to share what works for us!!!

Sparking is a wonderful form of service both to ourselves and others...

Keep sharing John!

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WATERDIAMONDS 3/25/2014 6:29AM

    How beautiful that you feel as deeply as you do--your passion shows vibrantly!

Have a beautiful day.



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NASFKAB 3/25/2014 12:58AM

  you really follow your passion to serve have learned so much from your blogs so glad to know a wonderful person like you who makes everything so clear
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HDHAWK 3/24/2014 8:45PM

    My passion is similar. The main reason I've taught kids with special needs for longer than I'd like to realize is because I get so much from the kids. It's my passion to help them reach their full potential and help them realize they can be learners. When they learn things that other people assume they couldn't learn that's a great feeling. There's a lot of BS and politics, whiney parents, etc. that go along with the job but the kids keep me coming back.
Great blog!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/24/2014 8:17PM

    A true Christian emulates what Jesus taught and lived. You qualify. That's all it takes for me to honor your beliefs whether mine agree with them or not.

Humbly and gratefully, imperfectly and with the flaws we seek to be healed, one day at a time.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/24/2014 6:25PM

    Some folks will never get this John however thats what we are called to do if we follow Jesus....
I am sooooo like your blog....don't get it right however I know I am forgiven and can move forward and learn from what I leave behind....
AND...it is time people met Christians who are different...thats what its all about....
Woohoo...
Love you John....

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PEGGY11 3/24/2014 1:20PM

    Some people need the rituals of their belief but don't really practice them. Some are like my mother who said she didn't need a church to believe in God. All she needed was to lay in the fragrant grass, smell the flowers, look at the clouds in the sky, and how can you not believe. She walked the walk and I am sure God welcomed her with open arms.

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SANDRALEET 3/24/2014 1:03PM

    When we love even talk to listen put I am more careful when I met a white witch Learn whot to stay away from

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/24/2014 12:59PM

    We each have been given our own unique gifts and yours is to serve. I'm glad you enjoy it.

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BAMAJAM2 3/24/2014 12:22PM

  You have touched my heart and my soul today by this blog, John... Your passion to love and to serve is the mark of a "genuine Christian." A Christian who walks the talk, and lives the example of kindness-- is you.

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REGILIEH 3/24/2014 12:03PM

    DEAR SWEET, KIND, CARING JOHN!

A SINNER I CAN BELIEVE YOU ARE SINCE WE ALL ARE, BUT HIGH MAINTENANCE, ARROGANT, JUDGMENTAL I WILL NEVER BELIEVE YOU ARE!

THANK YOU JOHN FOR BEING YOU WITH ALL OF YOUR WARTS! emoticon

OH IF WE COULD ALL HAVE WARTS LIKE YOURS, WHAT A WONDERFUL LIFE THIS WOULD BE!

ANNE

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AJDOVER1 3/24/2014 11:49AM

    You're high maintenance?

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BRAINBENTT 3/24/2014 11:33AM

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