I’m in a stage in my life where I’ve been looking for and dreaming up some great ideas.  Some of those ideas are to solve a particular problem and some of them are just for the sake of finding great ideas, but I’ve learned one thing:   Great ideas are not worth very much.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

It’s an unforunate truth, but I believe it is the truth.  It simply does not matter how great your (or someone else’s) idea is, it is not worth a thing until it’s acted on.  Throughout my life, I’ve had a number of ideas that I would consider great, but fear or other excuses has kept those ideas from coming to fruition.

You want to know what is more valuable to me than a great idea, passion.  Passion is the driving force that takes an idea and makes something out of it.  Passion is what changes the world, not great ideas. 

Here’s another unfortunate thing, great ideas can be bought, sold, traded, and stolen as if they were a commodity with value, but passion can’t be.  Sure, if you pay me enough I may feign passion for a while, but eventually that psuedo-passion wears off.

What the world needs more of is passionate people.  Even a mediocre idea in the hands of a passionate person has great potential.  And while it cannot be purchased, passion can be cultivated.  It takes time, investment, and sacrifice, but it will also be worth it.  Passion is contagious and usually just a small group of passionate people can inspire others to join along.  Are you serving as a catalyst of passion in your ministry or are you too busy trying to find the next great idea?

Here’s a great idea, be passionate about Jesus.  He will take care of the rest.  You can pay me that dollar later.

What do you do to keep your passion level up?  How are you cultivating passion in others?