NEW WEEK NEW FACE GUEST POST – SAVANNA KAISER
When Your Passions Compete
by Savanna Kaiser
I’ll let you in on a little secret. Writing is not my only passion in life. If you’re an author, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. I’m so glad the Lord called me to start writing ten years ago, but among other things He also called me to be a wife and a mom. Those dreams, in fact, have been with me even longer. How do I properly balance these different heart callings? Well, I don’t always, to tell you the truth. They often compete for my attention and my time, leaving me distracted and discouraged.
When that happens, I can’t seem to serve well in any of my roles. I end up grumbling, doubting myself, and oftentimes unhealthy. My focus has drifted inwards and I forget the big picture. There always seems to be something calling my name. It may be my gardens, my freelance work, or a far-away friend. Whatever it may be for you, I’m sure you can relate to the guilt and weariness that often creeps in and steals your productivity. Finding the balance in my life is an ongoing pursuit. Finding fulfillment and contentment is the key.
Seasons change, but the necessity for balance does not. You may be focused on your schooling right now, or getting married. Maybe you’re busy homeschooling your children or taking care of a sick relative. Perhaps you’re expecting your first grandchild or facing retirement. For me right now, in the midst of working from home, I’m also expecting our first child this summer. I see the big changes on the horizon and I worry how I will handle it all.
Recently, I came across this verse in my morning studies and was so touched by God’s reminder to persevere in all things. Even on those days when the passions of my heart are unbalanced and life gets overwhelming, He’s right here with me.
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Wherever the Lord has you, find encouragement in what He’s called you to do. Trust Him to sustain you and strengthen you in the work. Our passions will always be vying for our attention. It’s time we embrace them with a willing heart.
Each role in my life has its place and its purpose. Whatever the callings you value, don’t allow them to compete with each other. Instead, let them work together. Give yourself much grace and patience in handling priorities. Some days I must overlook my writing to help my hubby on a project. Other days I may skip an afternoon of housework to read and write. The right balance for us looks different every week. I bet it does for you too.
When I rediscover the joy in this crazy journey, I have found too that a healthy balance of my passions actually strengthens my work as a whole. If I’m striving to be my hubby’s helpmeet and serve God as I should, I’m also rejuvenated in caring for my home and other responsibilities. On the flip side, when I carve out time to write, my mind is free afterward and I feel nourished to tend to my family. There is blessing in the giving. Abound in the offering.
When you’re feeling discouraged, remember the Author of our stories – the Author of Peace – has called us to “such a time as this”. My prayer for you is that when your own passions compete, you will pause and find rest and assurance from the Lord in prayer. May you remain steadfast in the work He’s called you to do. Remember, friends, your work is not in vain.
Savanna Kaiser will never forget the day her love for writing and history first collided on Missouri soil at a Civil War Reenactment. As the 1860s leapt to life before her eyes, she discovered the setting for the stories of her heart – tales of Christ’s redeeming love through historical fiction. She’s been creating stories ever since. She blogs regularly at The Engrafted Word and has published over 40 freelance articles in various magazines across the country.
Recently married, she and her husband Andrew make their home in the Missouri Ozarks, where they enjoy gardening, hiking, and kayaking down the river by their home. They especially love a good road trip, whether their travels take them as far as Gettysburg for research or as close as their local Thai restaurant for date night.
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