Rick Warren writes, “God gives some people a godly passion to champion a cause. It’s often a problem they personally experienced such as abuse, addiction, infertility, depression, a disease or some other difficulty. Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for a group of others who can’t speak for themselves: the unborn, the persecuted, the poor, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged and those who are denied justice. The Bible is filled with commands to defend the defenseless.

“God uses passionate people to further His kingdom. Don’t be afraid to preach your passions.

“God gives us different passions so everything He wants done in the world will get done. You should not expect everyone else to be passionate about your passion. Instead, we must listen to and value each other’s life message because nobody can say it all. Never belittle someone else’s godly passion. The Bible says, ‘It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good'” (Gal. 4:18). (from “Pastoral Leadership Means Sharing Your Life Message” in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, Feb. 12, 2003)

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Rick Warren writes, “God gives some people a godly passion to champion a cause. It’s often a problem they personally experienced such as abuse, addiction, infertility, depression, a disease or some other difficulty. Sometimes God gives people a passion to speak up for a group of others who can’t speak for themselves: the unborn, the persecuted, the poor, the imprisoned, the mistreated, the disadvantaged and those who are denied justice. The Bible is filled with commands to defend the defenseless.

“God uses passionate people to further His kingdom. Don’t be afraid to preach your passions.

“God gives us different passions so everything He wants done in the world will get done. You should not expect everyone else to be passionate about your passion. Instead, we must listen to and value each other’s life message because nobody can say it all. Never belittle someone else’s godly passion. The Bible says, ‘It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good'” (Galatians 4:18).

(“Pastoral leadership means sharing your life message,” in Rick Warren’s Ministry Toolbox, 2/12/03)

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