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Posted on Sep 22, 2017

What Happens When You Combine Dedication With Passion?

What Happens When You Combine Dedication With Passion?

First, what are you most passionate about? Your work? Your Family? Your church? Your community?

If you could fix just one problem in the world today, what would it be?

  • Shoes for kids who can’t afford them? (like TOMS Shoes)
  • Clean drinking water where it’s difficult to obtain? (like charity:water)
  • Fast and inexpensive detection of cancer so it can be addressed earlier? (like Jack Andraka)

Maybe you have a passion to help those who suffer from Cerebal Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, or Lou Gehrig’s disease? Or maybe you want to provide the gift of mobility and hope to those who need it most (like Joni Eareckson Tada and her Wheels for the World program).

But if helping individuals is not your thing, maybe you have a passion to build stuff, such as reusable rockets and electric vehicles (like Elon Musk). Or maybe you’re driven to find a better way to recycle waste (like RoadRunner Recycling).

Once you determine your passion, something that stirs you up, the next question is: Are you ready to apply the value of dedication?

Here’s a secret:

Purpose comes from combining dedication with your passion.

Max Lucado is someone who understands this concept well, and I referenced in a Values Quote a few years ago (see below). Lucado has clearly been dedicated to following his passion for years, changing lives through his writing and teaching. There’s a reason he now has a base of loyal and conscientious supporters.

He started a movement.

How about you? Are you ready to get started?

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Today’s quote is from Max Lucado, a best-selling Christian author of over 50 books and pastor at Oak Hills Church in San Antonia, Texas.

Lucado makes a thought-provoking statement:
“Each of us should lead a life stirring enough to start a movement.”

I interpret this to mean: all of us should lead a meaningful life. And that requires dedication.

As a differentiating value, Dedication means devoted to a cause or ideal or purpose. It also can mean loyal or conscientious.

There are a few people I know who seem to have great clarity on their life’s purpose. They understand what God has called them to do – or be.

But for most people, searching for the right cause or purpose is either overwhelming or confusing. That makes it hard to feel dedicated to one specific area of focus.

Max Lucado’s statement provides some hints. When you land on a potential idea, does it stir you up? Is it stirring enough that you could start a movement?

If you want to lead a meaningful life that’s filled with purpose, maybe it’s time to consider the value of dedication. Before you know it, you might have some loyal and conscientious supporters of a new movement!

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