We pour our very being into our passions -- those things of life we really enjoy, the people or causes we cherish with every fiber within us. To our passions, we commit our energy, our time, our thoughts and – especially – our money.
For the car tinkerer, there are parts, tools and accessories…for the hunter, there are guns, gadgets and gear, and camo everything…for the moviegoer, it’s the latest Hollywood release…for the cook, there’s a plethora of new recipes, the latest utensils, and maybe even a kitchen renovation.
For me, it’s all over the map, because, like so many of us, I’m a man of many passions. I can run up quite the bill in the Lowe’s Lawn and Garden department…I can’t spend enough time with or money on my grandchildren…I’m attracted to the latest golf equipment…when traveling, my camera is constantly firing…and, this time of year, my weekends are consumed with football.
For instance, the football passion revs up on Thursday night with a college or pro game. Friday nights are consumed with Viking football (of course!). Then, on a half-dozen Saturdays, we travel 700 miles to my college campus, where we still hold season tickets. If all goes right with travel, we’ll be back in time to catch the usually awesome Sunday night NFL game. Oh, don’t forget about Monday Night Football. And then the routine begins again…with another investment of time, and money.
We’re All Passionate About Something
So, what’s your passion? What gets so much of your time and money, two of your most valuable resources? Where do your thoughts go when your mind begins to wander? What stirs up your enthusiasm? What makes you excited?
Into what do you commit your energy? And pour your very being? Pause, and think about it…
I’ll never forget a statement made several years ago by someone who’s been exceedingly and consistently generous to LCS over the years. It was simple, yet profound. And it changed a large part of everything for me.
Hopefully, it will speak to you as well.
“We have given a lot of money to a lot of places over the years, and our money, obviously, always follows our passions. And, right now, our passion is our grandchildren.”
This person was speaking of a very precious resource – their most valuable asset -- who were being educated by Lakeland Christian School. This person understood the LCS education was a preparation for life, a blessing of monumental proportion, a one-shot deal that can’t be replaced. And this person realized an excellent Christian education is expensive, a realization which has produced gratefully generous giving to the school…again, because money was following passion.
Most importantly, this person had evaluated their priorities in life, and had re-ordered them to be passionate about what was most important, and could have significant lifetime impact. And then, time, energy and money followed suit.
Are You Pleasing God With Your Passions?
Now that you’ve taken time to consider your personal list of passions in your life, how do they stack up? Are you honoring God with the resources you’re committing to your passions?
Rest assured, this isn’t a plea for you to change your spending patterns and give to LCS. This isn’t a psychological game. I’m not putting you on a guilt trip; nor using manipulation.
This is, simply, encouragement for you to assess to see if the passions you’re funding are in line with how God wants you to steward the resources that He owns and has given to you to manage.
Psalm 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,…”
Romans 11:36 – “For from him and through him and to him are all things…”
What is clear is that we are fueling some passion in our life. And while there’s nothing wrong with funneling resources into a hobby or some other life pursuit (goodness knows, I do enough of that!), we should all pause to assess if our priorities are in God-pleasing order, and then make sure our time and money is generously supportive.
For, at the end of the day, all of our stuff will end up where? That’s right, in a garbage bin somewhere. Or, in the bottom of a lake, like my golf balls!
An LCS Blessing: People Passionate About Children
But when our passions involve people…that’s worth a generous investment, without regret! Long before I came on staff at LCS, I saw the necessity of pouring my life into my children’s school. For this season of our family’s life, there was hardly anything more important. It was, truly, time and money well spent, and a privilege to be a tangible part of this special place. Our family continues to reap the benefits of an outstanding Christian education.
And what a blessing that current school parents and grandparents feel a similar passion for their school! We are the place we are today, in large part, because grateful people continue to be passionate about Lakeland Christian – and generously support this critical work in the lives of children.
Like all good things, this life-changing endeavor is expensive, and continues to require more financial resources than we can receive through tuition. And since there is so much to be passionate about on campus, LCS provides many opportunities for you to fund your passions – whether in the classroom, on the athletic field, in the music studio, or even through assisting a struggling family with their tuition.
Thank you for joining me in seeking God’s will in figuring out where our life’s passions should be directed, and then praying that God will give us generous hearts toward those ends.
Deut 8:18 – “Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”
Mr. Steve Wilson is the Director of Advancement at Lakeland Christian School. To reach Steve, you may email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.