It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you.
Someone once asked Jean Cocteau, the French writer, artist, and film director, what he'd take if his house were on fire and he could remove only one thing. He replied, "I would take the fire."
Cocteau's answer seems an obvious—almost practical—solution. Remove the fire from a burning building, and you save the building, right? Yet his answer wasn't motivated by solutions. Instead, it spoke to the fact that life has a certain intangible that's far more valuable than any material possession: passion.
Passion—that fire in the belly—is the catalyst of every vibrant and purposeful life, whether it's lived in Paris, France, or Smalltown, USA. It's as vital to the young mother at home as it is to the corporate executive, and Cocteau knew it. The fire of passion can change a life, and one passionate life can change the world.
What are you passionate about? Is it a godly passion? Are you acting on your passion?
"Through our great, good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing."- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.