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What’s Your Slogan for Life?

by Ashley Weis

Do you feel like your life is one long boring routine? If so, here’s some hope.

 The alarm clock goes off. It’s Monday again. You wake up and get ready for school. Same old,  same old. Life just seems so routine. Ever experienced days that seem boring and routine, but you shrug it off with a, “Ya just gotta do what ya gotta do”? For many teens and adults, that’s the unacknowledged slogan for their lives. That’s pretty bad, don’t you think?

Now, if life were an advertisement, would that slogan really want to make you live? NOT!  Is this slogan any more inspiring: Live from your heart, pursue your passion, and watch your dreams unfold? I think so.
Hidden behind the computer screen, the exams, the house chores, and the clothes is a life that’s screaming out to you: “Find me, chase me, and live passionately from your heart!” This is because God didn’t create us to live boring lives of regret and routine. This is why God sent Jesus to earth (John 10:10). God created us to enjoy life and to live in harmony with who we are inside. He created you as an individual, and He intended for you to find your gifts, pursue your gifts, and passionately seek life.
Discover who you are
It’s not about your favorite kind of music or  your favorite color. Who you are goes beyond your personality and digs right down into your soul—your heart.
What drives you deep within? Is it romance? I’m not talking about the opposite sex. The romantic heart is full of appreciation for life and beauty. It seeks to dwell in nature, and it feeds off the sunlight gazing through the trees. It’s the heart that loves poetry and tearjerker movies.
Are you the thinker? Do you need to understand the world? The thinker’s heart is always analyzing and observing people and things. This kind of person isn’t normally the center of attention at a get-together, but they can tell you about everyone’s personality in the room. They may not say much, but they know a lot more than they let on.
Understanding your passion begins with understanding who you are. What motivates you? What are you doing when you feel most like you? What are your gifts? Music? Leadership? Art? Helping others? What things make up you? Take this quiz and find out.
1. On a Sabbath afternoon, what would you rather be doing?
A. Organizing and leading a Bible study
B. Taking a walk through the park
C. Reading a good book
D. Going out with friends
2. Where is your ideal first date?
A. Something simple—dinner with friends
B. Anywhere, as long as I get to choose
C. A stroll through the park, followed by a picnic
D. Doesn’t matter
3. Which words would you use to describe yourself?
A. Quiet, analytical, intelligent, hardworking
B. Procrastinator, artistic, deep, imaginative
C. Caring, selfless, shy, empathetic
D. Outgoing, formal, strong, bold
4. I tend to focus too much on . . .
A. others.
B. myself.
C. school.
D. none of the above.
5. I find it difficult to . . .
A. make decisions.
B. allow others to make decisions for me.
C. finish something I started.
D. trust people.
6. When I see a homeless person, I . . .
A. wonder how they became homeless.
B. give them a dollar and walk away.
C. try and talk to them and become friends.
D. ask them if they need any help.
7. My ideal spouse would . . .
A. be able to talk for hours about anything.
B. enjoy sitting in a room together without talking.
C. enjoy sunsets, movies, and cuddling.
D. love to go out and do stuff.
8. One day I would like to . . .
A. read the Bible front to back.
B. go on a road trip across the country.
C. create my own magazine.
D. make a difference in the world.
9. What would you consider your biggest dream?
A. To make God smile
B. To get married and have a family
C. To be successful
D. To be a missionary
10. When you space out during class, what are you thinking about?
A. I’m wondering when my future spouse will show up.
B. I’m dreaming about being famous.
C. I’m reliving what happened just before class.
D. I’m feeling sorry for the girl in front of me that’s new and doesn’t know anyone.
Now add up your scores:
 1. A=3, B=1, C=4, D=2
 2. A=4, B=3, C=1, D=2
 3. A=4, B=1, C=2, D=3
 4. A=2, B=3, C=4, D=1
 5. A=2, B=3, C=1, D=4
 6. A=4, B=3, C=1, D=2
 7. A=4, B=3, C=1, D=2
 8. A=4, B=1, C=3, D=2
 9. A=4, B=1, C=3, D=2
10. A=1, B=3, C=4, D=2
Score between 10-18—the romantic heart
You are probably an idealist. You have big dreams, and you love to experience life. You take everything for what it is and love art, music, nature, and romance. Getting married and having a family is at the top of your list. Your gifts are probably creativity, love, individuality, and being artistic.
To live passionately you probably need to do creative activities, such as journaling, watching sunsets, drawing, or acting. You feed off of living life to the fullest. At church you are probably best suited for the worship band, drama troop, or creating slideshows, among other things.
Score between 19-27—the helper heart
You are a nurturer. You love people, and you  often put others above yourself. You enjoy making others smile, and when you see someone crying, you tend to tear up yourself. Becoming a missionary, helping the homeless, or running an orphanage are things you’d like to do one day.
Your gifts are most likely empathy, generosity, loving fun, and being sensitive. You are probably a great listener and love to give advice. Seeking a passionate life would lead you toward service and helping in the community, being around people that need love, since you feed off of loving. At church you would fit right in with any service ministry, whether it’s working with the youth or helping out in the nursery.
Score between 28-35—leader heart
You are confident and strong. You hate gossip, and trust is an important part of your relationships and friendships. Normally you’re independent, so you don’t ask for help very often. You are courageous and honest.
Your gifts probably include a fighting spirit, loyalty, encouragment, and the courage to stand up for what you believe. As you live passionately, you’ll find a role in leading an organization. You feed off of “getting somewhere.” School is important to you. At church you would make a great Bible study leader.
Score between 35-40—thinker heart
You have a great need to understand the things around you. You love to analyze people and things. Often you find yourself spacing out when people are talking to you. When you lay down at night, you relive every moment of the day until you fall asleep. People think of you as intelligent and shy.
Your gifts probably include integrity, being insightful and knowledgeable, and perception. A passionate life would lead you to reading, learning a new language, analyzing, and understanding more about life.
You probably question your parents a lot. You need to know why you can’t do something, instead of just taking no for an answer. You feed off of observing and learning. At church you simply enjoy participating in Bible studies and discussions, and learning more about the Bible and God.
Beyond the real world
Next time you get up on a Monday and life seems routine, think of the day as a brand-new day to exercise your gifts and your heart. Look forward to every day like it’s the first day of summer. Live beyond the surface. If you love helping people, make it a point to include that in your routine. If you love nature, go outside for a walk and talk with God.
Remember, there is so much more to life than what this world allows us to see. Find your passion. What makes you feel alive? Pray for God to create in you a heart with desire and adventure for purpose—a heart that lives not just in routine, but in passion.
Remember, there is an enemy, Satan, who doesn’t want us to live passionately (Revelation 12). We need to realize that life has far more meaning than we can ever comprehend. We need to look beyond the surface and fight the battle between good and evil going on within each of us (Joshua 24:15).
Life is worth fighting for and so is finding your passion. What’s your slogan for life?
Ashley Weis writes from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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