Living life long enough now I feel with certainty I have acquired sufficient knowledge, experience and wisdom to express an opinion on this, therefore, I write.
To live life whereby who you are and who you want to be, and strive to increase, and to perfect, and soar within the depths of, a vision within your heart and soul, and have been graced by GOD with the natural skills and abilities and talents to learn, grow and excel in a specific area of life where your heart and soul are thus encompassed, is what is often referred to as “operating in, or following your passion”.
BUT, Passion is not enough. To flourish, you must also be planted by GOD in an area or region of this great big world, whereby others involved in your life, as well as others viewing your life, see you in this exact capacity as well. And to be surrounded by and supported and encouraged by your fellow men and women who perceive you in the exact same vision and aspect of operations, is truly to receive the greatest blessing a human being can ever live and receive, while on this earth.
How I began reflecting on this thought pattern was in reminiscing about a friend from the 80’s. And I was praying, asking GOD, how such a human being never achieved great things while living here on eath.
This woman of who I was remembering, was remarkable. Unbelievably amazing. She had a Masters in Education and a PhD in Administration and a PhD in Psychology. During her late teens and early 20’s she had experienced tremendous hardship in life experiences that threatened to destroy all hope of ever escaping the chains of the lowest form of poverty. But she did, she eventually attended UC, Berkeley and obtained these 3 highly admirable degrees.
And she was amazing. From her education, she could converse and debate with any Professor in 3 different languages and completely fit into the scene encompassing the conversation. BUT, she could just as easily talk slang and execute the mannerisms of the lowest class of humanity and dress, act and appear to all that she was of this sect of life, being comfortable, and making others be completely at ease and comfortable in her company, at either end of the spectrums of life for humanity. And she was fit and physically attractive. Her personality was humble, sweet, witty and charming. She was perfect. Truly perfect.
In prayer, I was asking GOD why she did not finish life accomplishing great and unimaginable things. And slowly GOD honored my search and my petition of HIM and revealed the answer.
Getting education, having a humble and teachable personality, being physically attractive, being a completely devout and unshakable Christian is not enough. She lacked having the support of humanity where she lived, moved and had her daily being in believing in her to achieve her dreams. The neighbors, and residents of each area in which she had lived each stage of her life, continually operated against her and GOD.
As Jesus said, a man is despised only in his own town. And because she did not cut the ties to that which had always tried to drown and despise her advancement, all the talent, education, personality, and physical attraction was lost. And I cried. And then I cried more. Because her talent and vision was so ahead of her time in this world; but was completely lost because of the disbelief which filled the hearts and souls of those she permitted into her life.
And I cried more because I saw how we can think as Christians, that we are to be so merciful and forgiving of/to unbelievers, and those “believers” who only seek “fire insurance” by salvation in Jesus Christ, that our own lives perish. And we therefore never achieve that for which GOD has designed and given us all the passion and abilities to achieve. And that caused me more sorrow.
And this made me realize that yes, in this life, in this world, this for me is hopelessness, as it relates to our lives as we may live while here on this earth.