What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the word “hurling”?
Splashing your groceries comes to mind for me.
Well, for the entire country of the Republic of Ireland that word most likely brings up some very different ideas.
I just spent two weeks on vacation in Ireland where I received an education in hospitality, experienced amazing pub food and Guiness, toured castles, cathedrals, and amazing countryside, and learned about the game of hurling.
Hurling, is a game played on a large grass field where players use paddles to hit a ball into a goal guarded by a goalie (also issued his own paddle) or players can also score by hitting the ball through upright posts above the goal. It’s kind of field hockey, meets ice hockey, meets aussie rules football.
We arrived in the town of Kilkenny in the south just as their team was preparing to defend the championship against their rivals Tipperary. As we drove in we saw houses everywhere covered in black and yellow “Kilkenny Cats” colours. I was living in Calgary during the Calgary Flames 2004 Stanley Cup run and the atmosphere in this town was just as crazy, if not crazier! We were sucked in immediately. Everywhere we went people were talking about it. Before coming to Kilkenny I didn’t know a thing about Hurling. A few days later I was sitting in front of a TV, cheering them on to the title.
Passion is contagious. Passion is moving. Passion is powerful. It can bring us from feeling like we’re outsiders to feeling like we belong. It can stir emotions in us that we didn’t know we had. And I believe passion about truth, God’s truth, can change someone’s life.
So worship leader, musician, creative…
Are you letting your passion show? What’s holding you back? If you’re not passionate is there something you need to sort out? Are you doing the right thing? Are you doing the wrong thing? Are you in God’s word? Maybe it’s time to take a vacation . Whatever season of life you’re in your passion on display could make a big difference for someone.
Let’s be passionate about God’s truth and doing what God has wired us up to do.
By the way, the Kilkenny Cats took home the McCarthy Cup!