Eric's Sunday Sermon; Get The Passion and Keep The Love
He planted and watered the carrot he should be proud and eat it.
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.
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.
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.