I always thought that the primary enemy of passion was apathy. Passion is caring deeply about something, while apathy is not caring at all. And there is some validity to that thought. But when it comes to living with unbridled passion, I believe the thing that "pulls the reigns" in most of our lives is FEAR. We fear failing. We fear looking silly or stupid. We fear judgement. We fear rejection. There are so many fears that enter our hearts and minds that many times we fail to "go for it" in life in the fear that we will fail. Too many of us...and I do mean US...end up pretending to be passionate, when in fact we lack that burning desire to live the abundant life that Jesus says he came to bring us (John 10:10)! Just think of all the times in scripture that God, His angels and His son speak the words, "FEAR NOT!" before revealing news that will change lives and bring joy to the world. Fear is very much the enemy of passion.
In my own life, fear kept from so many things. In fairness, fear often kept me from being too reckless, but it also kept me from trying new things, experiencing great adventures and enjoying life to the fullest. It kept from loving as recklessly as I should have. And it kept me from following the radical, wild, unpredictable Jesus of the scriptures instead of being satisfied with the tame, shrunken, boxed-up version of Christ our society prefers to see. Far too often in my life, I chose safe over adventure. I chose tameness, sameness and lameness over passion. And when we do that we miss so much! I love this conversation between an aging mother and her adult son in the movie Parenthood:
Grandma: You know, when I was nineteen, Grandpa took me on a roller coaster.
Because of Jesus,