When we experience passion, it will in the early stages evoke an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. How can I accomplish this by myself? There’s too much to do and I don’t have the necessary resources to get it done. It’s like there is an elephant in the room and the task is to get the elephant thru the door and the door is very small.
I remember the feeling when I started working on my second doctoral dissertation. I wanted to find out what kind of family environments produced teenagers who had the highest self-esteem, highest self-efficacy (the ability to perceive themselves achieving something), and highest goal-stability (the ability to setting goals and maintaining them until they were realized). It seemed overwhelming. Where would I get the necessary teenagers to agree to the study? How would I test the subjects? Would the results give me what I was looking for? Would my committee agree to the study? How many teenagers would I need to develop a significant study? The questions went on and on. It was a massive undertaking, but I had a passion for it and needed others if I was going to accomplish the task.
Nehemiah was sent to his home country to fulfill his passion. I’m sure that the more he saw the more he realized he had an elephant in the room he needed to move. “I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.”. . . .Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.” Nehemiah 2:11-12, 17-18 NIV
Nehemiah realized he needed others to fulfill his passion. He needed to understand the reality of the problem so that he could describe to the people not only what the problem was but what he was there to help them do. He needed others. I needed others. You need others.
On this journey, we are not called to live out our passions by ourselves but in connection with others. Make sure you are investing in the lives of those who can help you with your passion.