Updated: Oct 3
Not long ago, I picked up an "O" magazine. Most of you immediately know that "O" magazine is Oprah Winfrey's namesake magazine, which has all sorts of goodies in it. I have actually enjoyed browsing through her magazine over the years. There's tons of information, fashion, health advice, "my favorite things", and of course usually a celebration of a powerful woman who has contributed in her purpose to the advancement of humanity in some way.
The copy that I picked up had a blurb on the front that encouraged people to "take a stand" or something of that nature for the causes and injustices that we see in our culture today. What shook me was the idea that this article wanted to suggest causes for a "lost soul" to take up. This, to me, was a dangerous thing to do, but very intentional, I believe on the part of the owner and the editors of the magazine. I don't think for one moment that "O" magazine published this article without understanding their influence and insisting upon pushing their beliefs and agenda. Why it's so dangerous is clear. There are too many easily influenced people in our world and in our churches for us to continue to take something like this lightly. Because we have so many people who are looking for purpose, and many of them are looking everywhere and into everything for that purpose, we must be diligent about spreading the gospel and the message that we all have within us a specific purpose planted there by a loving God. I took issue with the idea of this publication suggesting things that it felt was important in the earth to support and giving those suggestions to gullible and perhaps "needy" people.
I believe that each one of us will at some point in our lives be struck by something that makes us so uncomfortable that we can't sleep. I believe that it will either cause us to lose sleep or cause us to dream about it, worry about it, talk about it, study about it, do research about it and more. This is implanted, by our Creator.
Each person...with a purpose to BE.
Each person with a purpose to DO.
Each person with a purpose to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
I can't give you your passion. You can' give me my passion. It is found on the inside of us. Passion is a heart matter. It is often stumbled across, It can sometimes be discovered through service, through parents, through reading, praying, fasting, writing, reading the word of God, doing all of "the things", or even listening to music. It can most definitely be found in the presence of God. It can even be found through listening to someone else talk about their passion.....but one can never, ever suggest a passion.....for another. It just doesn't work that way.
What do you stand for?
Oprah can't give you a cause. She cannot suggest one.
No one can suggest a passion FOR you.
No one can tell you what to stand up for.
God has fashioned you with a purpose that you will make a difference concerning.
This article, this blog is for the unbeliever and the believer.
I pray you find your #STAND during this time of rest and reflection.
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