It's dawn on a Tuesday morning in Huntington Beach, California on the US pacific coast. As I looked up and down the beach I noted no shortage of surfers on this midweek day. I watched for the next two hours as the population of surfers only grew. Boarders from all ages groups, from teens to grey haired older gentlemen hit the waves. The surf was up.
As I was taking pictures, I was increasingly impressed with these people. They had a passion that drove them to the beach on a Tuesday morning during an American work day. A commitment that says no mattter what comes my way, what life throws at me, no matter what the day, I'm going surfing.
Passion is such a great gift. It's a driving force that starts our day in a positive frame of mind that says "I have hope for something good today". These surfers were in the water at or even before dawn with a hope that the ocean was going to give them some great runs.
The opposite of passion is apathy. Apathy is a thief. It steals from us and those around us. If passion fuels hope, apathy denys hope. As passionate people are dispensers of hope, apathetic people...well despense what they carry.
I believe when Jesus made the comment "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few..." He is speaking into a culture that had become apathetic. Self absorbed with life to the point that their passion for the ways of the kingdom had been stolen. In some ways it's understandable. I mean, life can be hard. This kind of apathy is not intentional, it sneaks up on us by way of distractions, circumstances and diversions.
Passion trumps apathy every time. Passionate people walk in an understanding of a deeper reality, a heaven to earth mindset that demands hope. Paul says it this way "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but things that are unseen are eternal" 2 Cor 4:16-18.
I have found that living from an eternal prospective has provided me all the passion I need to hit the waves in the early hours. It provides me hope that today, life is going to provide me some good runs.
Indeed the harvest is plentiful Surf is up!