I am sharing this blog because I need help! I am a passionate person. I am probably one of the most passionate people that I know. I am passionate about music, passionate about youth ministry, passionate about ministry in general, passionate about blogging, (at least reading other peoples blogs), passionate about food, and definitely passionate about Sonny’s Sweet Tea! I asked my wife just a few weeks ago what my passion is. I said: “if you had to choose one thing that I am passionate about, what would you say that I am passionate about?” Katie told me: “You are passionate about being passionate.”
I like that. I do not want to live a plain old, boring uneventful apathetic life, striving to simply get through another day so that I can go to bed and then start all over again the next day. That sounds miserable! I cannot live like that. I cannot live without dreams, goals, and passions.
So, why am I taking your time today? Because I need your help! I am noticing that sometimes my passion can be mistaken for arrogance. Sometimes, I find myself wanting to stand on a chair and shout my ideas about a situation or an event, but when I do (figuratively, of course) I look more like an arrogant man, than I do a passionate man. I do not feel arrogant. I do not think that my way is always the best way. I do not think that my way is the only way. I honestly want the BEST THING, not MY THING. So, then why does my passion get mistaken for arrogance so often?
I don’t know. That is why I am posting this blog! Please help me get to the bottom of this! I want to grow, and I definitely want to look at my passion as an asset not a liability. Help me understand how to be passionate without appearing arrogant! Thanks!
In general, why do you think that passion is sometimes confused with arrogance? Have you ever been passionate about something and other people thought you were being arrogant?