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Passion creates change

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 10:00 AM
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Steve Lyston GUEST COLUMNIST
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Over the years, much of the potential that lies within the nation has not been afforded the opportunity to come to the fore as it should. Great potential lies within each individual, community, organisation, and nation, but a great deal of that potential has been aborted by one means or another and it has left significant gaps within and among the nations.

Regardless of what field you are in, or what role we play in society, we need passion to bring success. A person with a passion to succeed in a positive way, regardless of the obstacles and hindrances that come, will always overcome. Passion must not be used to impose negative values on society, but positive. Many are driven by passion to impose negativity on society.

If political leaders were driven by positive passion, in the same magnitude that they are driven by negative passions, the globe would not be in the state as it is currently.

We need politicians that possess a passion to put God first in all things; who have a passion to put the nation above partisan politics; who have a passion to serve the community with truth and integrity.

G. K. Chesterton said, "The true soldier fights, not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him."

This is the passion we need to bring significant changes in all areas!

Passion and relationships

Passion allows relationships to last. When people have passion, they don't seek first to get divorced. They, instead, allow their passion to uphold the vows they made (which should not have been made frivolously) and to maintain and increase the zeal for their relationship to be foremost in their minds, hearts, and decision-making.

It was passion that drove our national heroes and heroines to take a stand against the various injustices, prejudices and threats. Today, politicians have no passion for the success of their country. They, instead, have a passion for their personal gain. They are reversing everything that our heroes fought for - including the right of the people to not work on the weekends!

Passion is what drove Nelson Mandela, Michael Manley, Edward Seaga, Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, C. D. Alexander, Louise Bennett Coverley, Mayer and Aaron Matalon; in addition to The Gleaner Company's own Jacob and Joshua deCordova and, today, the company is celebrating 180 years in existence.

Passion births discovery in the midst of crisis! With the chik-V situation and the threat of Ebola to the nation, where are our local doctors and scientists with the passion to find the cure from the local natural resources God has given us?

Passion allows one to push past one's enemies' desires! When the enemy says you will not make it, passion causes you to rise above that. Potential without passion will not bring one's desires forth. Passion promotes you and it can take you out of poverty. Passion is what drives us. It is the passion within us that will cause us to succeed.

Passion pushes you past the pain of the process and causes you to accomplish your desire and manifest the potential within you. Passion stops you from giving up on the vision God has given you, regardless of how difficult the circumstances may be. Passion is what keeps us alive and keeps us going despite the darkness and gloom we may see around us.

When we lose our passion, we lose our zeal. When we lose the zeal, we lose the battle.

When we lose our passion for God and His will in our lives, we backslide and become lukewarm.

Part of the reason the world has plunged into darkness is that Christians, who are supposed to be the light and salt of the world, have lost their passion for Christ. They have lost the passion for seeking to have the will of God accomplished and, as such, the power that comes only through Christ is not being demonstrated in the marketplace.

Passion is what allows the economy within a nation to change. It can change the justice system. When there is a passion for the welfare of the poor, then positive changes can come and laws that will benefit the poor, rather than shackle them further to poverty, will come. The passion in me will remove the mountain before me. I will not stop pushing or speaking until my mountain comes down.

I declare that every mountain that hinders growth, prosperity, victories and change for the nation and its people shall come down! I will not stop praying until the light breaks through.

Steve Lyston is a biblical economics consultant author of several books, including 'End Time Finance' and 'The New Millionaire'.