Jesus, Humility, and Passion

When my husband and I said “I do” over seven years ago, we were just kids and we had no clue where life was going to take us. All we knew was that we (a) liked metal music, (b) were good partners at Call of Duty, and (c) we had jobs that could pay the bills and afford us stupid amounts of Monical’s Pizza.

We had other things in common, of course, but one thing we definitely did not share was our passion for hobbies and dreams. I have always been a person with too many hobbies to know what to do with. My greatest challenge has been learning how to hone in on what I actually desire and set the rest aside.

My husband, on the other hand, has gone from interest in nothing to everything seemingly overnight. For all of those naysayers who “tsk” at the thought that a person can actually change — I present Kelly Hays Kimball. The same man who was so laid back I wanted to shake him until interest came out, now texts me during the day with new ideas for his business, Inknoor, or thoughts on stock predictions or links to potential rental properties.

I’m still in shock over the change that has come upon him, but he is a testimony of prayer and love. He is more of an overcomer than anyone I know and is going after his passions with a zeal that is both quiet and confident.

I can tell you from the passenger’s seat how you can have these things too — ready?

  1. Jesus. Yep, that’s my only real answer for it. No man can do in a person in 1,000 years what God has done in Kelly in the past 18 months. And even within the last six, the acceleration for Kelly’s growth can be compared to nothing.
  2. Humility. Kelly understands the foundational truth that everything he has is from the Lord and unto His kingdom. As such, he has no need to boast because the glory belongs to Jesus.

That’s it. Seriously — following Christ will change your life if you let it. There is a partnership that happens when we have desires and trust God to open the door and show us the way. We play our part when we say yes and actually go through the door.

Don’t be lazy and don’t be a leech! Leeches are people who constantly suckle at the teet of prophecy, prayer, and receiving, but never actually do anything. God speaks and they nod, but nothing more. James 1:23–25 teaches us the art of avoiding this trap:

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

We must be willing to get up off the end of receiving and put our faith to work. Not all people are bound for marketplace action, but regardless of your realm, you are called to action. The Lord does not open the door and do the work for us. As my good friend, Jody says, “God is not your sugar daddy — hello.”

It is imperative that for passion to have a foothold and develop into something grand, both members of the partnership do what they need to do. And since God is perfect and keeps His promises, the only questionable element is whether or not we will keep ours.

If we are truly following Jesus then we are moving forward because God is always on the move and instructs us multiple times not to get stuck on the past, but to look at the new thing He is doing (Isaiah 43). “Follow” is a verb and therefore it means to take action. So, when we follow Jesus, we are moving through open doors and gaining humility which all result in passion.

God puts dreams in our hearts and then we go. Not only that, but we are guaranteed to be surrounded by light along the way. He says so in John 8:12.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

My conclusion is this: following Christ produces passion. Kelly is a lover of King Jesus and therefore has been processed into this creative, passionate, visionary. People do change, if they allow God to mold them. Let Him mold you and shape you into something beautiful. Follow Him and take some risks. You won’t win every time in the world’s eyes, but through the Kingdom lens, you’ll be pure gold.

-CK