In the absence of me having anything original to say for myself, here are a couple of excellent quotes:

What we in the church must be about, I am convinced, is a return to religion of passion—a way of being in which anything less than spilling over with the Spirit of God is not enough; spilling over with desire to know and do the will of God in our daily work and play. (Source: Carter Heyward- Our Passion for Justice)

Sadly in today’s world being passionate about religious faith is regarded with deep suspicion, as if it was somehow akin to extremism.

But passion is so important; it is much more than just deep emotion. Passion is practical. It is about attitude. It is about the outpouring (or over spilling) of our experience of God into every part of our living, making everything is vital and vibrant.

With passion the ordinary becomes extraordinary – this is the journey of discipleship.

Happiness consists in finding out precisely what the ‘one thing necessary’ may be, in our lives, and in gladly relinquishing all the rest. For then, by a divine paradox, we find that everything else is given us together with the one thing we needed. (Source: Thomas Merton- No Man is an Island)

This passion for God (our discipleship) is ‘the one thing necessary’ … everything else pales into insignificance before the desire to know him and to serve him… and in the reality of journeying with him.

Photo: ‘dance in the flame of life’ by Mike Lockie on Flickr.