In a world where responsibilities mount with surprising ease, and obligations seem to accumulate with every breath we breathe, it is easy to become so overwhelmed with the mundane of life that we simply maintain our existence. The tragedy of this is that the joy of living for a higher calling dissipates amongst the daily drudgery. The purpose for which we were individually designed gets hidden among laundry, running the kids to swim class, designing a children’s craft, or balancing the checkbook online.
For people of faith, there is often an added sense of obligation that can mask purpose and further steal giftings from God. Too often, we develop a sense of responsibility, guilt, or assumption that our purpose is found in supporting church events and ministries, or maintained by simple attendance. While these are all great areas in which to invest our time, for some these can become huge distracters from true callings.
What would happen if we set aside the time consumers that are done out of sheer duty, and allow ourselves to dive into areas where our heart truly lives? Perhaps it is volunteering at a woman’s shelter, leading a fund raiser for education in third-world countries, starting an ESL class, or teaching new mom’s the significance of good nutrition. Whatever the inspiration, if we can truly find and live in the source of our heartbeat, we’ll notice that our world becomes a more peaceful place to dwell, our time becomes treasured, and life is one truly lived.