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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Get The Passion and Keep The Love

Updated on March 1, 2016

He planted and watered the carrot he should be proud and eat it.

Well in fact he proudly gave his first carrot to his mom. I reckon she ain't never tasted something so sweet.
Well in fact he proudly gave his first carrot to his mom. I reckon she ain't never tasted something so sweet. | Source

Some folks getting it straight, right or wrong

I apologize for this first part being a bit long, but sometimes it is hard to split it up. Another note, this preacher almost did not publish this because he lacked the passionate conviction. So it is written from the heart.

Good day to one and all. I give blessings and a prayer that you are, this day pursuing your passions, at least part time.

I met a man the other day that was so very excited. It had to do with politics. Oh my his thoughts were not the same as mine. His causes were very much different than mine. I must admit I got excited with him, he was contagious. But he was not bashing my beliefs he was just outright excited about his. I left the conversation feeling energized and alight with positive thoughts. I tell you again his thoughts were near opposite of mine. What happened? And wowsa bowsa what an impact it had on me.

As my life style allows I can give great consideration to such matters. I did not blow it off. I kept a smile on my face and thought hard about my convictions. I just darned well was not fired up enough about them. What the heck was wrong with me? I love my convictions, most stemming toward a compassion about God being love. (Yes I said stemming toward. A sprout stems toward light) the answer was clear as a bell from a church on a wonderful April Spring day. I have been seeing both sides of issues way too much. A balanced approach is my excuse? And that was not it at all. But the answers were just a deep breath or forty away. I could feel a revelation coming on. But I knew deep down inside that I would not like it. Not one little bit.

Causes are wonderful. People for the most part are wonderful. I stopped and made my way to a median in traffic beggar, or street person in pursuit of a living. He was all jacked up. He was clearly someone with a manic influence. So I held his sign for a few minutes and picked up some coin for him. That bought me the right to ask a few questions. Why was he so happy and up? He called me a fool and said that he had already made over $200 that day. And the snot nosed bum was fired up to see just how much he could make during rush hour. Could he beat his $287 record and give him bragging rights, oh boy if he could beat that he would be the king! I pushed my hair back into place put my shirt back on appropriately and unrolled my pants and then put my shoes back on. But I was a little sad. Why didn’t I have that passion?

I have the best roses on my street. Yes I have some pride in that. One of the things I do is leave them alone. I had aphids for a bit and bought 1,000 lady bugs. Then I let the weed/grass grow up underneath, the aphids like that better so they leave my roses alone. But my buddy neighbor has been growing roses since I was born. He is old. But boyo boyo he was fired up the other day about digging around the base, fertilizing with something special that stunk and pruning them all back. Wow he really looked like a perfect gardener and he was on fire about it. I wanted to do the same but that is not what makes the plants the most healthy, my son who likes to count counted 70 blooms and that is what makes me happy but but but. I really wanted to get all fired up and do something and feel the energy. It just was not to be.


This is rock. The waves made in sand are about 1 billion years old.

I have this theory that God can make the world as old as he wants to. What is a billion or 5 to God?
I have this theory that God can make the world as old as he wants to. What is a billion or 5 to God? | Source

The visual is worth it. The rough vocals is about a message when messages carried our passion. Bob is passionate. I better get to it now!

Don't look at me. look at yourself. I like your style

Why were these people so wrong and yet so passionate? And did it even matter that they were wrong? The answer began to take form. And here is the prayer and it is often called the Serenity prayer, I have a sermon on it somewhere. It is rewritten in my form and I might misspeak it but I pray it daily.
“Lord grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I should and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Bad news is that your preacher man here has been lacking some courage. The wisdom and serenity is there but the conviction and courage has been lacking. If you never suffer these maladies I apologize for wasting your time and bid you farewell to have a blessed day. I delight and sing your praises for your determination and goodness. Now back to your wayward preacher.

Fear that what I got might change. Or is that fear of change and insecurity in the material of life? Why in the hell do I have such fear and worry? Did the man on the street have nothing left to lose? Did the rose gardener friend need to do something in order to feel important and did my politico friend need something to care about because he could not care deeply personally?

How about we do not answer those questions about others and just look within. What in the hell are we afraid of that keeps us from pursuing our passions? I really do not need the rest of this sermon to answer this question. We just are afraid, and welcome to humanity. But what I do need the rest of this sermon to get across is love.

I am not qualified to preach. Yet I do and with wonderful success to my understanding. You are not qualified to give and opinion on such a matter, but if you did it would be met with some success. Now do not go off all crazy and start pursuing passions because you know you can be at least a partial success. No! That is not a reason for doing it. The passion is the reason. Let us just get rid of a barrier to you doing it and then you decide the rest.

The barrier is fear. Bad stuff that fear. But a great thing to overcome. I know a whole bunch of psychological stuff dealing with fear. I know some macho stuff dealing with fear and I know some scriptural stuff dealing with fear. Let us just leave those concepts alone.

I kind of get passionate about my team.

Why just sit back and watch a game when you can go get crazy and  go to one?
Why just sit back and watch a game when you can go get crazy and go to one? | Source

Up to you

Passion comes from love

Here is some scripture. I am not made to create believers in nonbelievers. It just is not my calling though I have had some success at it. So I use the scripture here because it is ancient and has stood the test of time as brilliant. You all probably know it from marriage ceremonies. I know it because it is the bedrock in concept to my beliefs. It goes something like this: “”4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. 5 Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not become angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. 6 Love takes no pleasure in evil, but rejoices over the truth. 7 Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong.””

And for an important reason they left out “love is passionate” and the reason it was left out is that it goes without saying it. Love is alive. If we find love in something we can be passionate about then the love is the focus. I need to focus more on who my dreams can help and less on the fears I may have, that is love overcoming.

This preacher has to love more deeply and completely or he will lose the passion. Love not only of the matter at hand but a passionate love of life.

Now go please and be wrong ;-) But be alive in that passion and love of life. If’n ya’ll don’t stand for something you might just as well fall for anything.

Let me leave us with a prayer:

Send us out into the world

Help us to love more fully and more passionately

We might just need some help along the way so stand by, please.

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Would you like to meet a passionate human being? I'll introduce you to my wife, Bev. She puts me to shame...she loves everyone and I honestly can't say that...but I'm better just hanging with her, so there's hope. :)

      Peace my friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      " Wayward Preacher " Are we not all wayward in our thought's and action's at times? I know I am. It creeps up and I see so much that turns me inside out. Right now the political arena has captured my passion. I don't want to be so involved, but I am, and then I think, " There's nothing I can do to make it better except vote, and then I feel better. I do have a passion for my birds. It's pouring down rain here and they were practically flying into my window, telling me to fill the feeder. So I did and now we're all happy. The serenity prayer is full of wisdom. Thank you for reminding us that we need passions. We need to care more about humanity than elections. Peace and joy.

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      Alison Monroe 14 months ago

      Thanks for writing this!

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Our wives certainly share that in common Bill. My gal just loves getting fired up about things. Back at you with the peace Bill. Have a great day.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby I really like it when you share your political passion with us. We don't see it exactly eye to eye but I just love reading it when you get worked up, it is refreshing.

      I hope you have not smacked any of those cats with a broom lately. You really do love your birds.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Alison thank you for leaving a note it is always very much appreciated here as we sometimes lack confidence. Could you tell I was really preaching to myself here.

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      Alison Monroe 14 months ago

      Aren't we all preaching to ourselves? When it works it's great, for us and others.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool thought Alison I will remember it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, I may be repeating myself, but truly you are one of the best promoters of love I know. I like this: "But he was not bashing my beliefs he was just outright excited about his." So positive and so refreshing! Keep on loving and spreading the love!

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      Dana Tate 14 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      "Love is alive. If we find love in something we can be passionate about then the love is the focus." How true these words are. I feel joy when I am passionate about something. It's almost as if I have a reason to to get up in the morning. I think the saddest thing to see is when someone loses that fire.

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, your passion shines through in every hub that you write.

      All of us have that little voice of doubt that creeps in once in a while--sometimes it's a momentary flutter and other times it's a full-blown gut-wrenching panic. Fear is not a totally bad thing unless you allow it to consume you. What (you might wonder) is good about fear? I think it comes from passion. Do you have a fear of failing at something that doesn't matter to you? Do you fear losing something (or someone) that you don't care about? Of course not.

      Great hub as always my dear friend.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much for that outstanding compliment Ms. Dora. I surely does make me feel good.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dana I was writing a sermon I was quite passionate about. For some reason I just didn't think I was feeling passionate. For some reason my mind just told me I was not. When I finished the sermon I looked at and though of how passionate it was. Sometimes my head interferes with my feelings. So then I was pleased that I had the passion. And I could begin again to feel the passion. Strange how that works.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow that is deep Linda and very helpful. I hope people who read this read through the comments and pick up on what you said. You just added a bunch to this sermon and maybe led me to another. Thank you very much.

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      Denise W Anderson 14 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Your comment, "I need to focus more on who my dreams can help and less on the fears I may have" was just what I needed to hear today. I was talking with my husband just this morning about fear, and how it affects me, especially this time of the year. Having lived on a school teacher's schedule for many years, March is contract season. That means February is full of fear and questions. Every year it happens, and your words reminded me who I need to look to when I feel afraid, then I can go forward with my passion!

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      Clive Williams 14 months ago from Nibiru

      beautiful sermon.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, that is one of the beauties of having a passion. They carry us right through other situations that cause angst and worry. I sincerely believe that loving a passion brings us closer to God.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks much Clive.

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      ahorseback 14 months ago

      Eric my good man , the opposite of passion in life is deadness , hollow depth , a vacancy of the eye's , of the soul , a spirit catatonic ! You my friend should never worry about the good cause . You own it !

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Whoa Ed, how do you do that, Poetry in 20 words? You are a master.

      Thanks for the encouragement. We all wane sometimes.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Eric, I am always inspired when I read your hubs as they are filled with so much passion about life, family and love. We all have those days where we seem to have lost passion for this life. Thank you for the reminder that we all have something in this life to be passionate about! Each new day presents another day to love and allow ourselves to be loved. The Serenity Prayer holds a special place in my heart, mostly due to my son. I have a tapestry hanging on my bedroom wall of the Serenity Prayer. I try to say it every morning before I leave the house. It puts things into perspective. Peace and love always

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      Shaloo Walia 14 months ago

      I love your Sunday sermons. So thought-provoking and inspirational!

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      Devika Primić 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great sermons from you and as always you share your best.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Faith, it is always good to hear from you. That is very cool that you have such a tapestry. It is hard to go wrong with that prayer. I pray you are doing well.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Shaloo, it makes me happy that you like these sermons. I hope they find you in peace and harmony.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika that is very nice of you to say, and I really appreciate it. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Firstly Eric, great song choices. Now it is amazing that whenever I read one of your Sunday Sermons it is exactly what I need to hear. My wife keeps telling me I need to find something to be passionate about. I tend to keep my emotions in check unless something really angers me. Trouble is she tries to get me involved in things she is passionate about and I will support her interests to the ends of the earth but they just don"t excite me. The things that do are my football teams winning, and writing. I feel guilty about showing too much excitement about those because they are personal things and she doesn't share my interest in them. Problem is none of my male friends close by even follow football. That's what you get living in the country.

      Anyway I do need to get fired up and show my passion more often. So thank you, and the "serenity prayer" is the best. Cheers.

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What a great comment John. I am so laid back that I need shock treatment to keep my heart pumping. But I am lucky I have good buddies that keep me in line and fire me up. And a great wife that really keeps my blood flowing. And then I have great HP friends like you that keep me passionate about writing. Thanks much.

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      Nadine May 13 months ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Eric your post reminded me of an image that came past my feed page on Facebook someone else had posted. (Pity we cannot add an imaging in the reply box)

      “You are creating by virtue of what you are thinking about, and so there is no advantage whatsoever to ponder or remember or observe or speak of thinks you do not want.”

      Abraham Hicks.

      I shared this onto my own facebook timeline with adding the words:

      "Doing what gives us joy is the best healing we can give ourselves. Then our mind's will be occupied with good thoughts that will attract more joy. "

      Doing what gives us joy is for me the same as being passionate about something, no matter what it is. Thanks for your great post.

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool quote Nadine thank you for sharing it here. I like to think that inside of us is a vessel, if we keep it filled with love then there is no room for the negative. Passion fills that baby up in a very good way.

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      Ann Carr 13 months ago from SW England

      Yes, you're right, Eric; there is fear. It's sometimes difficult to get rid of but I'll refer you to your own excellent line: 'If’n ya’ll don’t stand for something you might just as well fall for anything.' How true that is and you've given me a prod to show me just how important it is to show love and passion for life.

      I've said it before and I'll say it again - you have a knack for using easy conversation to give us wise words. Thank you for a great read.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blessings to you Ann on this wonderful day, Here the sun is just rising with a beautiful hue. I know you will make it a great day for yourself and everyone around you.

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      Frank Atanacio 13 months ago from Shelton

      its always good to read your sermons Eric, I find them relaxing and full of strong feelings.. awesome my friend just awesome

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It pleases me greatly that you enjoy my sermons. But do you think I should worry that they do not make you uncomfortable? Sometimes a bit of that in a sermon is a good thing to motivate thinking.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Yesterday I was reading a hub that made me think about why I take the time to write, it's not just about the passion to write but the desire to share a message!

      And I thought I just wanted to tell a story! The passion wasn't coming from wanting to tell the story (though that's pretty strong) but wanting to share the message!

      This was an awesome hub about passion and the love that compels us to share it.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lawrence, that is a most compelling comment. It gives me pause for thought.

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      Lawrence Hebb 13 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      It's worth the thought

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      Eric Dierker 13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence, isn't that the whole idea? If we can raise a thought for our brothers and sisters that is good.

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