By Belinda Bullard
Our pastor has been teaching us about the power of passion. More specifically, he has been showing us through the character of Nehemiah how the Lord responds to passion, and it has been powerful. I am blessed in that I know my passions. I know the assignment that is before me—at least in this season. But I am also convinced that, as clear as I am about my passions, I am equally clear on why I sometimes fail to make true progress.
One of the biggest detractors to accomplishing what God assigns to us–that item that we are most passionate about–is not always a lack of money. Wisdom, with the click of a mouse or a cell phone, is often available, and encouragement might be little, but still present. I am convinced that the biggest detractor is simply our uncanny knack to fill up time and space with other mindless pursuits but produce no fruit. We procrastinate; we get distracted. And like most waywardness, distraction begins in the mind before it manifests itself in our state of being. The impact of this, at least for me, is a moment, hours later, when I feel as if I have accomplished little or nothing, or I cannot connect the small dots of accomplishment into the bigger picture of why I chose that action in the first place.
God’s Word over our thoughts is to cast down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2nd Corinthians 10:5). It is a high standard, but it keeps our minds focused on Him and the work that He has called us to complete. Whether that work is a book, a presentation, or loads of dirty clothes or dishes, we are guaranteed that, as we abide in Him and He in us, we will bear much fruit. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. (John 15:5)
As I put one foot in front of the other, the task for me is not to define my passion, but instead, to confront all the distractions that block the way. How about you? How many hours do you spend in what Stephen Covey refers to as non-urgent, unimportant activities? As women of purpose and plan, we really don’t have time to waste. Too much is at stake in our homes, in our churches, and in our communities. Ladies, we have work to do.
Personally, this is my heart’s plea:
Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalms 139: 23-24
‘Wicked,’ in this sense, doesn’t only imply evil or impure in nature. One of the definitions of ‘wicked’ is unjustifiable. As I pursue my passions, I want the Lord to remove from me those thoughts, those words, and those activities that are unjustifiable. Be blessed, friends.
How many hours do you spend in non-urgent, unimportant activities? How do these activities impact your passion, i.e., your assignment from God?
Belinda Bullard is a wife to her best friend and a home educating mother of three. Belinda is an author and the owner of A Blessed Heritage Educational Resources, a literature-based history curriculum featuring African-American presence in history, as well as the contributions of other races to American history. A chemical engineer by formal education, she also serves as adjunct faculty for college programs specializing in adult learning. She is a regular contributor to Heart of the Matter Online and Home Educating Family. Belinda blogs at Simply Belinda and Chronicles of a Blessed Heritage