Identifying your passion is a matter of figuring out what drives you, what pulls you, what captures your imagination. It's almost as though you can't help but give it your attention.

God has a passion for the renewal of life and the reconciliation of all God has made. When a person gets close to the fire of that which drives God, it can set that person aflame.

Be careful now as you spend these next moments with God. It is altogether possible that you will feel a holy heat.

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The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun.

Psalm 19:1-4

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I love climbing Stone Mountain, just outside Atlanta where I live. Standing on that summit and looking down on the landscape below fills me with awe at God’s amazing power and creativity. But the truth is, I’m a bit of a workaholic and sometimes my busyness crowds out my sense of wonder. Not long ago on one of my climbs, I was marching up the trail, iPhone in hand, making calls and sending text messages.

Somewhere near the top, during a water break, I caught sight of a red-tailed hawk circling overhead. Every movement of his wings was so effortless, so graceful. As he swooped near the place where I stood barking into my phone, I thought I saw him shake his head and roll his eyes at me as if to say, “What’s the point?”

Creation is giving God a shout-out. Why not put down your phone and listen?

Julie Pennington-Russell

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God, you are beautiful and your love fills the whole earth. Thank you making me your child. Amen.

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Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken,
Let us give thanks,
By which we offer to God an acceptable worship
With reverence and awe;
For indeed our God is
A consuming fire.

Hebrews 12:28-29

Julie Pennington-Russell

Julie Pennington-Russell is pastor of the First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia. She lives with her family in Atlanta. If you’d like to connect with Julie, you can find her on Facebook.

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