For as long as I can remember, I’ve been the girl with many creative passions and pursuits. Simply put, I loved doing a lot of things. I wrote short stories and poems, drew portraits and illustrated fashion figures, I sang, played clarinet, and was captivated by photography. I edited videos in windows movie maker, fell in love with photoshop, read the classics, obsessed over psychological thrillers, and immersed myself in history.
Eventually, my many hobbies led me to pursue a dual degree in Fashion Merchandising and Art History with a minor in Business and a concentration in Spanish Language. Most people didn’t know the internal struggle though. They saw all the things I did but they didn’t feel the weight of it. I secretly wanted to be like the people who had one thing they were really good at and no trouble finding their path in life.
I THOUGHT I HAD TO BE CONFINED TO AN INVISIBLE BOX
Why did I have to be passionate about so many things? I figured that sooner or later I’d have to make the painful decision of choosing which of my passions to give up on. Worst of all, I thought I’d never be able to explore and learn and do new things. I thought I’d have to be confined to an invisible box. But, what if I didn’t?
Honestly, I only fully realized that I could pursue all of my passions two years ago. Not only could I pursue all of my passions, I was created to. There was divine significance between everything I loved to do. The big things and even the small ones. And, when he made me, he gave me freedom to completely embrace it all.
GOD PLACED YOUR PASSIONS AND TALENTS IN YOU HIMSELF.
In 1 Timothy 4:14, the apostle Paul tells his mentee, Timothy, this:
Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you.
Paul was simply encouraging Timothy to use everything God gave him. If you’re like me and you have several passions, I want to encourage you to use all of them. Even if they seem mediocre, even if they seem simple, or mundane. Even if they don’t seem hyper spiritual. God can use them to do great things through you.
Each gift he placed in you serves a purpose. Your love for painting watercolor flowers might be enough to bring hope to someone’s day. The song you think is mediocre might just encourage someone’s heart to trust God again. Reading your poetry to a restless child might just be the only thing that calms them down.
YOUR PASSIONS BRING GOD GLORY.
Colossians 3:23-24 says this,
Whatever you do, work heartily for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.
When faced with the decision to let go of some of my passions, I chose to let go of the ones that seemed more insignificant than the others. Sure, I had a passion for photography but I didn’t think photography would ever make a successful career. So, I put it on the back burner. I went through a season of about three years where I barely picked up my camera. I thought there was no place for it since I was busy with school and trying to figure out my career.
Then, this January, God placed photography on my heart again. I didn’t know where to start, and I didn’t have a portfolio, but God encouraged me to go for it. And, I’m so glad I did. Photography might not seem all that significant to everyone but it means a lot to me because it helps me to capture the beauty of God’s creation.
I want you to know, that every creative passion God placed in you is important. If you put something you love doing on the backburner, consider starting it up again.
If you’re wondering “How?” because you know your busy schedule doesn’t make room, then consider these tips.
- Make room for what you love. Chances are there might be a few things taking up space in your life that you can remove to make room for your passion.
- Spend intentional time pursuing it. You don’t have to do it every single day but just be consistent about cultivating it.
- Take a class. It might be easier to stick to a set class than to pursue it on your own, especially if you’re busy.
- Connect with people around you who are passionate about the same thing. That way, you can encourage each other to keep going even when it’s challenging.
I’m so glad that two years ago, I woke up to the truth about my God-given passions.
I had no idea how much my artistic passions would serve God’s kingdom until I started a hair accessories brand to empower women to live in boldness and freedom. Many of my customers have left reviews sharing how confident my hair accessories makes them feel. I never realized how important my love for singing was until one day, God placed a song in me that shook my fear and doubt and awakened strength in me. I couldn’t see how my love for writing would lead me to share stories of God’s truth that would encourage women around me.
You might not see why your passions are important to God but trust me, they are. Every little thing. God has a purpose for everything he placed in your heart. If you have some passions buried away, I’m inviting you to uncover them once again. You don’t have to be perfect at it for it to be meaningful. Everything in God’s kingdom starts off small. Even if you don’t think you have the time, the strength, or the energy to do it, begin anyway. If you take the first step, God will provide for the rest of the way.
Now’s your time to go for it. I’m with you, supporting you. I believe in you. You’re gonna do great things.