What is your passion? Today we hear a lot about people following their “passion.” We are told to follow our hearts, be ourselves, follow our dreams. Coco Chanel said: Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” But is this right?

For followers of Jesus Christ there are considerable problems with this philosophy. Beauty is not found in being ourselves. Scripture tells us that our hearts are deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9). The Christian Gospel is not being ourselves, but rather repenting of our sin and placing our faith in Jesus Christ. Following Jesus involves self-denial and surrender to His Lordship: that’s true beauty! Our all wise God has incredible purposes for us “far more abundantly than all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20-21).

The late Justice Scalia gave a commencement address to a high school. He spoke of a belief “that seems particularly to beset modern society that believing deeply in something, and following that belief, is the most important thing a person can do. I am here to tell you that it is much less important how committed you are than what you are committed to.” (Scalia Speaks, p. 100).

While it is good to be passionate, and good to be committed, it is far more important to be passionate about the right thing. It is not a matter of having faith in ourselves but faith in God. Pray: “Your will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.”

John Munro

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