When a community organizer first talked to me about self-interest, it sounded selfish. But it is actually the opposite: Knowing how I am affected by and therefore personally invested in something is not just about me. When we can identify how an issue affects us directly, it is easier to stay committed to the cause if that becomes inconvenient or worse. Also, telling our stories is the most genuine, non-threatening way to share our passion.
When we consider the causes we are going to pour ourselves into, taking inventory of our own situation first adds to our effectiveness. Just as the biblical Esther considered what she, and only she, could do to save her people, we can consider our own power and access as well.
About what issues are you most passionate? Can you point to the Holy Spirit moving you to act on this passion through either self-interest, relationships, or timing?
This message is excerpted from the January 4, 2018, Cafe Faith Reflection “Discovering your passion,” by Lee Ann M. Pomrenke.
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