Whenever an individual experiences a glimpse of their full potential, an infusion of confidence emerges. If this stretch continues for an extended period of time, passion is conceived to ignite future possibilities. A recent example is my son Daniel, who shot one under par through a five hole stretch early last golf season. When his chip for birdie lipped out on the hardest hole, excitement, hope and promise entered Daniel’s mind. A few days later, during a spring break trip, Daniel stayed up past midnight, talking about his endless potential in golf.
Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. 3 For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory, Colossians 3:2-4.
Unfortunately, golf is like life, it can be cruel at times, leaving you lost as if you have never played this game before. After a few embarrassing weeks on the course, confidence and passion left Daniel as quickly as it arrived. As I look at my own life, I am going through a similar stage. As I approach my 50th birthday, I have put most of my time and energy into writing. When I endure numerous rejections with few signs of progress, I question if it’s worth continuing to write. As my mind participates in a tug of war like the song Should I Stay or Should I Go, my inner confidence and passion has deflated.
Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him, Colossians 3:17.
The apostle Paul provides advice to anyone who has lost confidence and passion for life. In a letter to the church of Colosse, Paul urges individuals toward a new mindset. Instead of allowing self pity to develop, set your heart and mind on things above. Don’t live for yourself; rather place all your onus on serving God. When your life is all about you, confidence and passion can be like riding a roller coaster. Yet, the moment you place your focus on eternity, your purpose for living changes. Therefore, if you are like me, sick and tired of the highs and lows in life, let the Holy Spirit raise you up, fueled by a mind set on heavenly things.
by Jay Mankus