Passionate or Passive

(Originally written March, 1998)

Passion is much more than just the love scene that we see splashed across the big screen and more than the violent crime of passion.  Passion is what comes from the innermost part of our being.  In a world filled with people wasting their time by passively watching television five or six hours a day, I long to see more people using their time to pursue their passion.  Many people in my life have been wonderful examples to me of doing just that…

My spouse, Davidene, recently returned from a professional speaker’s and writer’s conference.  For several hours the next few days I heard her exciting stories of all that she had learned.  I think one thing that has always fascinated me about her is that she has a passion for learning.  Even as a grandmother she is currently taking a cake decorating class (and she is getting to be pretty good at it and very creative).  She has always had a passion for reading, for music, for trying new things, and for adventure (whether scuba diving below or hang gliding above).  She has a zest for living and experiencing new activities each day.

I admire people who do not sit on the sidelines of life, but are constantly learning, trying new things, and climbing new mountains.  My brother, Craig, since he was six years old, has had a passion for sports.  His enthusiasm for any sport, his knowledge of the game, his concern for the players, and his desire to participate are appreciated by everyone around him.  Today, he is paid as a sports radio host for pursuing his passion.

My brother, Kirk, has always had a passion for solving problems.  He relishes challenges, difficult circumstances, and impossible situations.  He was a genius at patiently pursuing long term solutions to challenges in our distribution industry.  He had a passion for closing the tough real estate “deal” and building long term projects.  Kirk became an excellent board member on public and charitable organizations, and today is climbing the toughest mountain, seeking public office.

We have encouraged our children to follow their dreams.  They have been allowed to try different activities, to fail without condemnation, and hopefully to succeed with humility and a desire to try more new things.  We have wanted them to be the unique creature that God intended without forcing them into a mold created by us as parents.

Throughout most of my life I have been able to pursue my passions.  While never good athletically, in music, or in many other areas, I was allowed to be myself.  I developed skills at an early age of organizing, communicating, leading, and handling finances and business.  As a leader my greatest contribution may be that of encouraging others and placing them where they can be extremely valuable and maximize their gifts.

Are you pursuing your passion in your family, job, community, and free time?  Or are you passively watching the world go by, not challenging your mind, and not developing your unique God given talents, skills, and gifts?  Live your life with gusto!  Passionately contribute to your world by being all that you can be and want to be!  Don’t wait for tomorrow.  Begin now by reading, studying, working, experiencing, and learning to be an expert at what you have been designed to do!

Pursuing my passion,


“I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what  Christ Jesus did for us.” Philippians 3:13-14 (TLB)


About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Passionate or Passive

  1. cathy westm says:

    All of your past original written articles are still so relevant. Thank you.

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