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Girls With Conviction Live With Passion

By: Bethany Baird

Mrs. Jenson walked me into the training room and explained what the next few weeks of my volunteer work would look like. This was the very first time I had volunteered at a pro-life center and I was super excited…and super nervous.

I am passionate about life and was excited about the opportunity to help save babies from abortion.

Little did I know just how deep my conviction against abortion and my passion for life was about to become.

As Mrs. Jenson left the room she clicked play on one of their training videos. It was a video that went step-by-step through the process of abortion and what procedure is used depending on the age of the baby.

My heart sank deep inside of my chest as I watched graphic animations of babies being burned, torn, and pulled apart inside their mommies wombs. I was heartbroken, sickened and just plain angry at what I was seeing.

After that first day of training my personal conviction against abortion went from a level 10 to a level 100. I became more convinced that abortion was wrong and I was fired up to do something about it.

Looking back on that experience I came to an interesting conclusion.

I realized that the deeper my understanding of an issue, the greater my personal conviction grew, and the stronger my passion to live for or against became. When I lack passion for truth, it’s typically rooted in a lack of understanding on the issue. But when I fully understand the truth and I’ve studied it in-depth, my passion is out the window.

Over the years I’ve talked to many girls who’ve said, “I don’t know what to do with my life. I’m just not passionate about anything in particular.”

When I hear girls say that I immediately think, “lack of passion stems from a lack of conviction.”

If you’ve noticed a lack of passion for biblical truth in your own life, I would encourage you to evaluate your personal study of truth.

The more you study truth, the greater your passion for truth will become.

When I watched that video about abortion, the truth hit me hard. I was convicted on a deeper level and my passion to fight against it grew.

I would encourage you to take the time to study truth.

Whether it’s the truth about the sanctity of life, adoption, slavery, or any other issue, take the time to learn and grow. Learn what God has to say about that particular issue and find resources that will educate you on truth.

The Girl Defined book would be a great place to start! Get the details on the book here.

In the same way take time to study God’s Word. The more you study biblical truth, the greater your conviction and passion to live for truth will become. The more you understand who Jesus is and what He did for you, the greater your passion to live for Him will become.

Don’t walk through life in a lazy, non-caring, “whatever” kind of way.

You only have one life to live. Make the most of it. Live for what truly matters. Take time to study the Bible. Take time to study the issues that matter to Jesus. Maybe even try volunteering at a Christian pro-life center like I did. Who knows how God might use you.

The bottom line of this blog comes down to this; if you want to live with passion, you must have conviction.

If you are wondering, “where in the world do I even start?” I’ve got good news. This incredible podcast series by Jen Wilkin will help point you in the right direction. It’s called, Getting Women into the Word.

I just recently listened to it and was challenged to dig deeper, build convictions and live with greater passion. I encourage you to do the same.

What about you?

Are you passionate for God’s truth?

Do you live with passion for things that matter to God?

How can you grow in your conviction for truth and passion to live that out?

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  • Amaris Lancaster

    That was really good… really made me think.

    • Glad you were challenged by it 🙂 -Bethany

  • MMFgirl

    Thanks for the article!! This was great:)

  • Gabrielle

    TRUE, TRUE!! I’ve never actually thought about that, but it’s very true! When I think about the many things that I’m passionate about, based on personal conviction, I find that they’re things I actually thought about. I didn’t half-haphazardly, or suddenly, become passionate about them! It was over a little time.

    There are some things like pro-life issues, modesty, abstinence, and other things, that as Christians we grew up knowing what God thinks about them, but it’s something when we personally have a strong conviction about it. To the point were what we’ve learned has become a reality, we see it in a new light, and we are anchored and established in those convictions!!!

    “lack of passion stems from a lack of conviction.” ~ good thing to remember.

    Thanks for sharing!! 🙂 Keep writing/ blogging for God’s glory!!! Love y’all!!

  • Olivia Scott

    Funny that you would post this today. I *just* finished writing a 6 1/2 minute pro-life speech for an oratory contest that the Tennessee Right to Life is holding this month. Love this blog and all of your posts! So encouraging. And also, if you could say a prayer for me in giving my speech, that would be so, so appreciated. 🙂 Thanks!!

  • Jessica

    I definitely live everyday at work with passion! 🙂 From reading this post I guess it is because I have conviction! I have a deep desire to shine a light at work, be Jesus to my co-workers and make them smile. No wonder I feel so passionate about going to work every day! 🙂 Thanks so much for this!

  • Halee Westbrook

    This was absolutley convicting! Even though I read Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris (I totally recommend it!) I still wasn’t positive for what I need to be doing in my life right now. Thanks so much for this post, it helped! I think I’ll try volunteering at a Pro-Life or pregnancy crisis center soon. Keep the posts coming! They bless me, and hundreds of other girls as well, I know.

  • Celeste

    I’m passionate for God’s truth! What a great article! Thank you for encourage me!

  • Britani Anthony

    I so identify with this! Ever since the Lord saved me in 2009, I have always felt like the oddball. When I became born again by the Lord’s grace, everything changed: I knew my support for abortion, homosexuality, sexual immorality, relativism, being my own god and just loving sin was going to be thrown in the fire. I didn’t know when or how, but I remember telling God that I knew everything was going to be different because He was right and I was wrong and I wanted to live for Him.

    Because I actually am living my life for the Lord with full conviction and passion for His glory and truth, I often come across others who try to quench the zeal that the Lord has given me. And it’s not just from pagans either. :/ I’ve had much opposition from professing Christians who didn’t want to hear biblical truth or get out of their comfortable bubbles.

    Fast forward to today and I have been going to abortion mills to preach the Gospel and be a voice for the innocent babies who are being led to their brutal murders since August of 2012. :'( It is a spiritually hard, emotional, draining and bloody battle out there at the final lines.

    I am glad to know other passionate young women who are standing for God’s truth and for justice for the oppressed in His name.


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