Forgetting Passion

Passion-150x150Luckily, I have known what I wanted to do with my life for a long time. I was the one my peers would ask for help on homework problems, and I actually enjoyed finding new ways to explain it to them. I chose my career of being an elementary school teacher because it was what I absolutely love to do.

As I start my transition into the college world, the most common questions you are asked is "where are you going?" and "what's your major?"Since we're already in August, everyone is pretty quick to answer the first one. But some the answers I received for the second troubled me. "I think I'm going to go into _________. I mean they make so much money." I can't even tell you how many people from my high school said they're going into pharmacy, and strictly for the paycheck. I smiled at them, but my heart sank.

God gives everyone specific talents and passions so that we can fulfill His purpose in our time on Earth.

2 Corinthians 12:15-20 says, "15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body."

So, God gave me the skills and passion to teach children. If I were to ignore that calling and become a doctor so that I could have a bigger paycheck, I could be ruining God's plan and purpose for my life. Is fulfilling God's will for your life not as important as a large paycheck? According to some people, it is.

Now, people don't just abandon their passions for money. Others choose a different path because they don't believe their career is actually obtainable. Time and again I've heard people tell me that they have a back-up plan for their career before they've even tried. They'll tell me "Well, there aren't a lot of jobs in that career, so I'm going to have this as a safety net." Maybe it's just me, but I don't remember the Bible ever telling me to set up a safety net. Where is your faith? If you're one of these people, do you not trust that God will get you that job? Or even get you that record deal? I mean He can  move mountains, has given you the passion and talent to succeed, but you don't think He'll follow through and get you the job?

Proverbs 16:3 says, "Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established."

It's not a mistake that you have those passions! God gave them to you! So, if you set out to glorify Him through your work, He will provide! God is rooting for you! So, I urge you to have faith in Him and do not base your career choice off of a paycheck or back up plan. Reach for your dreams and allow God to show himself by answering your prayers.

About the Author: My name is Kayla and I'm an incoming college freshman. I love people, friendships, projects, music, and Jesus. I'm fairly new to the blogging scene, but ready to shine a light for God through my blog Sixteen Thirteen. If you're looking for more, check out sixteenthirteen.blogspot.com