Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m a child of the 80’s and some of you who were lucky enough to grow up in that wonderful decade won’t have a second wasted in identifying the source of this post’s title. However, as much as I love the martial arts, they are not the subject of this post.
I have loved many vocations in my life. I have given careful consideration to being a full-time composer/arranger/orchestrator, teacher, musician, collegiate professor, writer (sometimes books, sometimes game show questions), philosopher, Rock historian (would have been a great avenue whenever VH-1 or A&E did bio-documentaries), and even pursued the idea of being the exclusive biographer and chronicler of one music artist’s life. I’ve ventured into some of these fields and those have been fruitful and fun. But, a job is one thing… PASSION is another.
I’ve had to give a LOT of consideration lately to what that means. Which leads me to “Bones” (buy the DVD’s here). I got to thinking about the subject of following your passion – and, more specifically, being the BEST in your field – while watching the adventures of Dr. Temperance Brennan, a forensic anthropologist, who is, quite literally, the best in the WORLD at what she does (interesting note to those who might care; the character of Dr. Brennan is based on the real-life forensic anthropologist and author Dr. Kathy Reichs). Governmental agencies fly Dr. Brennan all over the world to do what she does simply because she is the BEST at it.
So that gets me thinking… Have I identified my passion, and the true calling that God has for me (more to come on this in a later post. HINT: Start reading Psalms 37:4) and, if I have, am I doing all I can to make myself the BEST IN THE WORLD at it? If I haven’t, who not?
And that goes for all of us. We are, each of us, unique individuals with a specific calling, prepared by God to do things that ONLY WE CAN DO! Are we doing what we can?
So, what does that mean for me? Well, it means I have to work hard at continuing to speak publicly, preaching and teaching; I also I have to spend more time at the piano to hone my abilities and improve my existing skill set. Additionally, I have to work a little every day, writing and arranging songs.
Finally, I have to spend time with God EVERY day seeking His guidance and asking His blessing on my work. Without those two things, my Passion is pointless, my work is wasted and my efforts are expended in vain.