Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Four Ways For A Christian Writer To Win A Publishing Package HERE



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!



 
Christian Living PLEASE ENCOURAGE THE AUTHOR BY COMMENTING

  LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE   SEND A PRIVATE MESSAGE
  HIRE THIS WRITER
REPORT ARTICLE

 TRACK THIS AUTHOR ADD TO MY FAVORITES
corner
What's New
 
corner
 
A Passion and a Purpose A Reflection on the Life of Steve Irwin
by Karen Jimmy
09/06/06
Free to Share


  Mail
 





A great Australian icon passed away this last Monday, September 4th 2006.

Steve Irwin, aka "the Crocodile Hunter", was a man whose passion and enthusiasm were matched by few others. He knew why he was placed on this earth, and he didn't let go of that calling for one second. Like a dog with a bone, he hung on to his mandate and spread his message around wherever there was opportunity.

Here's what Steve had to say in his own words about his life's mission:

"My heart beats for wildlife and wilderness conservation - it's my mission in life. Terri and I are determined to make sure we do everything we can to safeguard Australia's - and the world's - wild animals and their habitats."
(Steve Irwin, Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, wildlifewarriors.org.au)

Over the past couple of days since Steve Irwin was tragically killed by a stingray off the North Queensland coast, I've been watching all the stories about him on TV and in the papers. The more I watch, the more I'm impressed, inspired and challenged by this man's sure-footed pursuit of his goals and ideals.

It's left me thinking- hard- about my own passion. What drives me? What inspires me? Am I even living? I look at this man on my TV screen, so full of life and so vibrant. Then in my mind's eye, I picture what I must look like to those who see me every day. Am I an inspiration? Am I a light in the darkness, a voice for the voiceless? Am I even enthusiastic about anything at all?

I, who say my life has been transformed by Christ, so often walk around in a daze, letting life just drift on by. Though I love to quote poetic catchcries like "Carpe Diem", I frequently miss opportunities rather than grabbing them in the manner that Steve Irwin would. More often than not, I am so nonchalant that I sit in my deckchair as an opportunity goes by. I look at it, and go "Oh look, there goes another opportunity...", before sighing, shrugging and taking another sip of my peach iced tea. I read a lot about seizing the day and grabbing each day by the horns and sucking the marrow out of life, making my life count for something etc...but all the reading in the world is for nothing if it doesn't get me off my deckchair.

I was never really a fanatical follower of Steve Irwin, though whenever I did see him on TV I thought he was a great guy with lots of energy. But over the past couple of days, that guy has knocked my off my comfortable perch, and I don't think I'll ever be the same.

There's a song I like by gutter-punk evangelical band "No Longer Music" that goes like this:

"I was made for more than this, clench my mind into a fist...
It's not an open palm for you to drop your lies into
So BACK OFF, this is your wake-up call
I won't lie down, I won't be a fool
I will not live for your compromise, compromising existence."

(NLM-Primordial)

Someone I greatly respect prayed for me one time and said that he could see a picture in his mind of me chasing after the lost and lonely and hurting, "like a rat up a drainpipe". He said he could see me flitting all over the place like a bird that won't sit still, going here, there and everywhere, chasing people down.

For a while, I lived like that. I was so passionate about reaching out to people that I was always devising different strategies for doing just that. I was off on every opportunity to make an impact on someone's life. But it's easy to forget that kind of passion and let lies sneak into our thinking and steer us away from the Reason we are here.

Steve Irwin was passionate about wildlife, about conservation and the environment. His death has caused me to really take stock of what I cherish, what I want to achieve while I am here on planet earth.

How about you? Will you allow yourself to be compromised (Crikey!) and veer away from the path you're called to walk upon, or will you grab the bull-croc by the jaw and wrangle it till the job is done?


If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

Read more articles by Karen Jimmy or search for articles on the same topic or others.


Read More - Free Reprints, Main Site Articles, Most Read Articles or highly acclaimed Challenge Articles. Read Great New Release Christian Books for FREE in our Free Reads for Reviews Program. Christian writers can JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and help spread the Gospel.


The opinions expressed by authors do not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.

Hire a Christian Writer, Christian Writer Wanted, Christian Writer Needed, Christian Content Needed
Find a Christian Editor, Hire a Christian Editor, Christian Editor, Find a Christian Writer
 
corner
Corner
This article has been read 584 times     < Previous | Next >


Member Comments
Member Date
kazza walton 16 Sep 2006
hi kaz.... great piece and a fitting tribute to a truly unique aussie. i miss you too girl....and am praying that our lord directs you and yours up here soon...too the sun,sand and salt water...blessings old kazza..




TRUST JESUS TODAY











Free Audio Bible
500 Plus Languages
Faith Comes By Hearing.com