How to Start Pursuing Greatness with Extraordinary Passion

What if our culture has led us to believe that pursuing greatness is for someone else? Have we bought the lie that we don't need passion?

How to Start Pursuing Greatness with Extraordinary Passion

My wife and I watched a documentary last night of a music group from Down Under named Hillsong United. Over the years this worship band has made a significant impact in the Christian music genre. Many of their songs influence the local church worship service on a weekly basis. I learned more about how a giant vision grew from small beginnings as a youth worship band. As the video ended, I had a new appreciation for this group. I saw the members as ordinary people, with extraordinary passion in their hearts, pursing greatness.

Perverted Greatness

It seems the American culture can have a way of perverting the idea of greatness. Mega-stars and athletes pursue an elevated status well above the normal human being. In some cases, appear content to be treated dangerously close to deity status. For most of us, that kind of greatness seems unreachable or unattainable because of the skewed view of what true greatness is.

As the credits to the documentary rolled by, I sat on the couch pondering. As feelings and emotions stirring within, I found myself uttering the words, “I want to be great Lord.” No, I don’t want to be on a stage. I have no fantasy of being famous, although I will admit, I hit plenty of last second jumpers in Game 7 of the NBA finals while out in my neighbor’s driveway growing up.

The Many Perspectives of Greatness

I want to be a great friend, husband, father and grandfather. I desire to coach who specialize in identifying the “original design” within people, challenging those same people to see it and draw it out.

Over the past 6 months, I’ve slowly pursued training that may lead to this new occupation. It’s exciting, although I’m not entirely convinced my excitement is generated by what I’m working towards. There is a small, nagging question my excitement may be more about what I’m running from. Motivations are important to understand you know. But as I sat alone watching those credits roll by on the TV, I allowed my heart to share its opinion. I heard the all-to-familiar ache from within. I want to be great at writing. There! It’s out there. I want to write about things that stir people and light fires in their heart, leading to the pursuit of the incredible.

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Watching people pursue their own personal definition of greatness is intoxicating to me. Isn’t it the stuff of great movies? Doesn’t it somehow stir something within our own heart regarding our dreams?

My Argument for Your Pursuit of Greatness

I won’t cheapen this story by promising a 5-step theory. I will say though that pursuing greatness comes at a cost. As I consider my own journey, it requires that I redefine who I am as a person. I wonder how many dreams of greatness die because we simply believe our dreams are something for others to attain? “I’m not smart enough, not good enough…Toxic! Lies!

Regardless of your opinion of Christianity and the Bible, you are created in God’s image. I’m not asking you to believe it, but it’s the truth. God possessed thoughts specifically about you as He molded and shaped you in your mother’s womb. Again, not asking you to believe me, not asking you to go to your local church, pray a prayer, become a member, etc. I’m just telling you, when He thought of you, when He shaped and molded you, He did so in the greatness of His own image. He made you in such a way to possess a unique reflection of who He is.  Dreams and desires were placed within as you developed, and they are what truly stir you at your core. In His greatness, He also gave you the freedom to believe or reject this truth.

Will You See It Within Yourself?

There is something within all of us that longs to be great! This doesn’t mean we all want to be center-stage in front of thousands. It just means we long to be great at what we’re passionate about.

Question from Gordon Walker, the author.

What are you passionate about? Seriously! What is it that just makes your heart come alive when you think about it?

Written by Gordon Walker

I'm a follower, a husband, a father and grandfather. I'm also a probation officer and a coach, and my desire is to see people win. There's only one way to experience the depth of victory we were called to experience, and that is by believing God is who he says He is, and you are who God says you are.

5 thoughts on “How to Start Pursuing Greatness with Extraordinary Passion

  1. Thanks for this Gordon. The pursuit of excellence is a drive that we should all nurture. God has a high standard. We work for the King of Kings. Excellence is His way. Though the world celebrates people, we celebrate the God who made ALL things. It’s God alone that gives us the ability to represent Him on the earth by being His hands and feet. We must do it with all our might.

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  3. Thanks. I’m in a moment of inspiration here, but I’m just floored at the reality I’m getting about what God intends for us in this life. John 10:10 talks about the abundant life made available by Christ’s work. The Cross set everything back in order…EVERYTHING! We can have the life God intended as He formed us in our mother’s womb.

    To have this mindset on a Monday morning truly is a miracle in itself. I’d tell you and Garrett to be blessed today…but you already are!

  4. Solid word Gordon! It’s cool that you have a desire to write and are actually doing it successfully! Keep it up sir. Really a cool post for a Monday morning. 🙂

  5. Good stuff Gordon. I completely agree with your statement;

    “There is something within all of us that longs to be great!”

    That sense of purpose is a huge driving force in all of us. Those that seek the Lord with a pure heart and pure motivation will find that purpose and will reap a harvest of plentiful gain.

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