Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
In his lifetime Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting. Today he's known for his passion and artistic genius. And he's remembered as a lonely soul. In a letter to his beloved brother, Theo, Vincent wrote:
"Our inward thoughts, do they ever show outwardly? There may be a great fire in our soul, and no one ever comes to warm himself at it; the passers-by see only a little bit of smoke coming through the chimney, and pass on their way. Now, look you, what must be done? Must one tend that inward fire, have salt in oneself, wait patiently yet with how much impatience for the hour when somebody will come and sit down near it—to stay there maybe?"
What great fire has God impressed upon your soul? Do passers-by see more than just a little bit of smoke? Are you tending the fire?
Van Gogh expressed his passion in his art. Look for the best expression of your passion that will honor and glorify God.
"The passions are the winds that fill the ship's sails. Sometimes they submerge the ship, but without them the ship could not sail." -Voltaire (1694-1778)
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.