So since my "Runnin Runnin" post I have been thinking alot about balance.
It's tough to find sometimes I think. Don't you?
We find all the things we need to do, get overwhelmed and either do them all and become exhausted or do none of them and feel like failures. Ok...that's just me I am talking about.
Yesterday in Sunday school we were getting to the end of our Out Live Your Life study, still talking about those things that we need to be doing to make a difference in the world. Many in the class are still looking for that thing that is going to spur them into action. And that's ok...sometimes it takes a minute...or a year....or 10.
I started to think about all the things I have been doing and I see the common thread...I mean, there's always been a common thread but it's becoming more defined. There have been times even recently that I just keep feeling like there's so much to do in the world, so much that needs changed and helped and I want to just do it all. But that's just not possible. I personally cannot do it all...and how arrogant to think that I even could.
In the Mission Committee that I chair at church last week I asked the group to talk about their passions. I asked them to think about why they are passionate, and why they decided to become involved in the ministry that they head. How can they then translate that into getting others passionate with them.
It's had me thinking about the areas I am passionate, and how I have actually kind of segregated those areas into separate areas of life...I live several lives apparently...lol like a double agent...only WAY cooler! :)
In church it's missions. I am passionate about getting the people of the church to see outside of themselves and the 4 walls and in the case of Ethiopia outside of many comfort zones.
I am passionate about orphans and their care, both in country where they should stay if they can, and adoption where it's possible and needed.
I am passionate about hiv education and care. I hate to see the #'s of people that are STILL dying, the # of children that are orphaned because of it. I LOVE what Rhyan is doing in Haiti with trying to get a home together and have them stay in country and learn to love and live and be active citizens.
I am passionate about helping my friend Tesfaye as well as Ruth and Samy in Ethiopia find what they need to help the children and people that they minister to.
I am passionate about getting our church conference to have a presence in Ethiopia so that we can make a bigger difference in the lives of those that I love and He loves even more.
I am passionate about my family...and my love for them and the HUGE blessing that God has given me in letting me have them for a little while this side of heaven.
My balance is that I know that God has set me on a path. I am where I am supposed to be for now. All of my passions intersect with Him... He has called me here, for this time. There is much to do, and He's asked me to do a small part. I am not stressed, I am stoked. I love that He's asked me to be a part of this moment in time. I am stoked that He's given me the past to draw from to be able to do what I am doing now and helping me to grow into the next step He has for us all.