Passion is Contagious

Recently, one of my closest childhood friends decided to train jiu-jitsu at my academy. I cannot put into words how excited and happy I am for him. What resonated with me was that he told me he decided to train jiu-jitsu because of my “testimony”. Like many people who find jiu-jitsu, or a pursuit they’re passionate about, I could not stop talking about the lessons, discoveries and benefits I found. Though I would love everyone to train jiu-jitsu, I never want to force someone to train BJJ. Brazilian jiu-jitsu can benefit everyone but not everyone will initially embrace it.

Trying to impress people with the knowledge I have of jiu-jitsu can come across as intimidating or being perceived as a “know it all”. I am guilty of this in other pursuits I’ve undertaken or things I’m passionate about. It creates a type of disdain for the person hearing about it. I find people are more receptive when you share your story and they can readily identify with the passion you have rather than your head knowledge. Rather than trying to impress by sharing what is in my head I prefer to inspire by sharing what is in my heart, the experience, benefits, lessons and passion I have attained from training jiu-jitsu. Through jiu-jitsu I’ve made lifestyle transformations and I have a new perspective on how to approach life. Forcing my beliefs on someone will not take them far and will likely push them further away. When a person believes of their own accord and makes a commitment to themselves to develop and grow the results long lasting. Guilt tripping or external convincing will only lead to resentment if the person doesn’t want it for themselves. When the motivation comes internally this leads to fulfillment and purpose.

I share my faith similarly to the way I share the life changing benefits of BJJ. If I were to expound on all knowledge in the Bible, but not share in a way that is intentional and the life transforming experience of a relationship with Christ, I only intimidate and create an aversion to it (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). It is not my job to convince someone. It is the Holy Spirit who convicts (John 16:8). I am called to share my light and let my light shine before men in such a way that they may see my good works, and glorify my Father who is in heaven. (Mathew 5:16)

A wise person once said: “share the gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” There are times when words are appropriate. But there is nothing more inspiring, infectious and contagious than a life lived with purpose, passion and inspiration. When we live lives filled with the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and reflecting the love and light of Jesus Christ, it is inevitable that the environment around us will be drawn to the Source of “every good thing given” (James 1:17). When we draw near to Him, He will draw near to us and He will draw everyone to Himself when we lift Him up (James 4:8, John 12:32) The results will be exponential!

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