Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Do What You Do

This is day 20 in my 31 Days series on sustainable dwelling. For an introduction and more posts, head here!

If you've noticed a lot of quotes from Ephesians lately, that's probably because our church is currently doing a sermon series through Ephesians - and our women's ministry is doing a parallel study (also because Ephesians is really good). Our chapter today is from Ephesians 4:1-16, and focuses on diversity while maintaining unity.

Because She Reads Truth just finished up an Ephesians study, I looked at their thoughts on the passage as well, and one of their references stood out to me: Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. {1 Corinthians 12:4-7}

We all have passions - amplified by the Spirit, but I think that our passion is something that we're born with, we're just given a choice as to how we're going to exercise it - and they're all different. For a reason. 

For example, my husband is part of a mentorship program that reaches out to a low-income area. Each kid is paired with a mentor; they meet collectively to study and memorize Scripture, and then once a month each pair goes on an outing of some sort (dinner and low-key entertainment - at some point, they're going to a park so that Adam can teach him how to take pictures, which he's really interested in and which Adam is really good at). Along with being an excellent photographer, Adam is also good at fixing things - so he brought the boy and his little brother's broken bicycles home and repaired them (since the bikes are both transportation and entertainment for them). When I took the picture of him and posted it, he didn't think that what he was doing really merited that. But it's definitely not something I would be doing.

Because it's not my thing. My "thing" is a double-major in Knitting and Buying Local/Fair Trade And Then Talking About It (hence this series). Those are the areas that I'm most passionate about and most fluent in, the topics you shouldn't bring up at a party unless you really mean it, because I can (and will) gladly converse until everyone else goes home.

So what if sustainable dwelling isn't your thing? If you have a passion, please pursue it without guilt! You have been given a unique gift for a reason. I talk about what I love because I love it - but if you have a soapbox of your own, I will gladly cheer you on from the crowd. Just step up, and shout it out - every passion has a purpose, even if it doesn't seem "Christian" enough (um, hello - knitting?) If God gave it to you, then you can use it to His glory; because it's not a competition - we're all on the same team, just playing different positions.

Beautiful dwelling is sharing your soapbox with similar passionate individuals - but also encouraging others to build their own.

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