One year ago today I opened up this little planner — the Passion Planner and began a journey to finding my passion.
Now, let me say that MOST people begin a new planner on January 1st or at least sometime in January. Me? I let that new year soak in for a month and then I get hopping.
So today I opened my new Passion Planner — and remembered just how much this planner helped me make a change in my life. Now, let me state that I do not believe the planner has ANY magical qualities — nothing like that, but I do believe it helped me FOCUS — and it helped to REMIND me WHO holds my life in His hands. The planner was and is a tool to moving out of the muck of everyday life and moving on to live and work and exist in your PASSION — the passion that the Lord has for ALL of His children… ALL of us are called to a life of Passion and purpose. Sometimes we just get caught up in the daily grind and forget to focus on the One who gives us our passion!
So back to my story — a year ago I opened up my Passion Planner and began to take stock of where I was in life. I knew it was time to move on from the job I had — the handwriting had been on the wall for a while. I felt strangled, stifled and without a way to share my creative and business passion. I knew it was time — but I didn’t know HOW to go about it. After all eight years with a Christian charter cruise company is a odd skill set. Where to go? How to go? What to do? All those thoughts rambled through my head and heart. And then I opened the first pages of that planner and I wrote out my first Passion Roadmap:
I have some LOFTY goals on that roadmap -I LOVE what the Lord had me write for a lifetime goal —
Connect people to Jesus
Connect people to passion
Use local, national, and international platforms to show LOVE not judgment
And that short term goal — find a new career path in THREE months. Now, realistically that is CRAZY! Just plain bat crap crazy. But I wrote it and then I took that little three month goal and created my FIRST passion plan!
My number one action item was PRAY! And I did. Daily, Hourly and often even more frequently. I prayed for direction, wisdom and discernment. And I read the Word of God — I spent hours with my head and heart buried in scripture.
I also used my planner as a journal of the journey — and reading back over it today I’m JUST BLOWN AWAY at how the Lord was at work. Here are a few highlights that I LOVE:
Feb 12 — I apply for a position with Compassion International (one week after making that first road map and committing it to prayer)
March 7 – Prayed for affirmation and wrote: Trust God’s Plan (always better than mine); Wait on the Lord (His timing is perfect)
March 11 — I have an interview with HR at Compassion (LESS than 30 days from applying!)
March 27 — Interview with the man who is now my boss — and I did the interview while onboard a cruise ship in the Bahamas
April 6 – Set sail on what would be my last work cruise. It was bittersweet but I knew before I stepped off that ship, that my time with Premier was done.
April 22 – In person interview with Compassion in Colorado Springs
And this is what I wrote in my planner on April 23rd
I GOT THE JOB!
And more than just a job, I got my passion back. I LOVE working with Compassion. I love the PASSION my team has for the children in poverty. I LOVE the passion we have that Jesus is PROCLAIMED in this nation and this world! I LOVE my passion — I got it back and I didn’t even know I’d lost it. Slowly I had lost my passion. I’d let it slip away. I gave others the right to make me feel less passionate — but no longer. Those days are done!
On May 5th — remember that was the due DATE I wrote in my planner — I was saying goodbye to my co-workers and finalizing details. On May 11th — 3 months and 6 days I began my new job with Compassion.
I don’t know if you’ve lost your passion or you’re just looking for focus, but I know — this pay attention to what’s happening and make a plan! We serve a God who is RIGHT IN THE MIDST of the details.
I love how He knew just what I needed and put it all together. He gave me the desire of my heart before I could even articulate this desire.
So today, One YEAR LATER I just got home from a week in Nicaragua, I’m getting ready to head out on my first Compassion tour in a couple of months, and I’m LOVING my work with Compassion. I work with an amazing team and have the most incredible group of speakers — I’m blessed!
And I’m working on my next road map — What’s next Lord?