Marji Laine

I Love a Good Mystery!

Day #18 – 30 Day Challenge



Today we’re discussing how to discover your passions in Thirty Days of Devotion. Whether you’ve been with us from the start or are just stopping by, share your thoughts.

I was on a radio program yesterday with Lena Nelson Dooley, love her! She asked me to tell a little about myself. I froze. And I’m mortified to say that all I could think of was to list off all of the things that I’m doing.

How sad is that? I didn’t discuss my background or my love for photography or how my girls and I sing in the car or enjoy family game nights. Nope. I checked off all of my responsibilities. As though those tasks make up who I am.

Tasks, jobs, responsibilities – these don’t define you. Joys and passions do. (Tweet This!)

I came to realize this when I first started leading a children’s music program almost 20 years ago. (Wow, that just made me feel really old!)

I stressed out when the year ended and I had to fill my helper positions for the following year. Sweet hubby put things into perspective.

“Has God blessed the program?” He knew I couldn’t say no to that. The Lord’s blessings had been obvious! “Then He’ll pick out the folks He wants to work next year.”

And He did. I made it a point from then on to tell people, when I ask them to serve, “Pray about it. Make sure you have a passion for this ministry. If you don’t, it might be that God has someone else picked out to fill this role.”

I don’t always listen to the advice myself, unfortunately. The fact is, I have a tough time saying no to requests. When I do, the word comes out with a lot of prayer and groaning.

Your Turn: Have you ever thought about the fact that when you do a ministry you don’t love, you might be stealing the blessing from someone who would love it? That concept has zonked me in the head a few times. Have you discovered any activities in which you’re currently involved that you’re not passionate about?

We’re going to hang around with passions for a few days. God grows us during this season and part of that growth is weeding out the things that would prove more distracting that beneficial. Tomorrow’s section is “Passions Used” where I’ll be talking a little about how my Precious Redhead put me to shame with her wisdom.

Read about it in Thirty Days of Devotion, which is only 99¢ at Amazon. And join us tomorrow for further insight into passions.

Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a recently "graduated" homeschooling mom whose twin girls have blessed her by sticking around the nest for a little longer. She spends her days directing the children’s music program at her church and working with the authors of Write Integrity Press to put out the best possible version of their books. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

5 thoughts on “Day #18 – 30 Day Challenge

  1. Interesting that you would phrase it like that…. 🙂 Someone (or some writing, can’t remember which, maybe both) recently told me, “Have you ever thought that if you don’t ask for help when you need it, you may be depriving someone else of the blessing of helping?” 🙂 It’s slightly different yet similar…. I can’t choose activities or much of anything right now due to extremeness of my illness and circumstances. But in this other area (of asking for help, which i HATE to do), I am learning. But I still hate being needy and feeling like I don’t know how to thank people for everything they are doing (our house, etc.). Any thoughts for me?

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    • With you’re writing talent, I would consider you and your daughter writing another children’s book and dedicating it to the church (or the specific people) who have been instrumental in your home getting done? (I could visualize a mouse family – something like Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM?)

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  2. God has done much weeding so far in my life. I know He has much more to do in my heart! I am not currently in anything that I do not feel passionate about. I take care of my family, pray for others, and help others with allergy issues like mine own. My real desire is to help people prevent getting like myself, severe allergies/asthma. He has opened several doors in this matter and I hope He continues to do so!

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