Passionate Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain. – 1 Timothy 6:6

Passion… is a word that keeps coming up in my life the past couple of weeks. God must be telling me something. I just read a chapter about it in “Tender Mercy for a Mother’s Soul” (a very encouraging book for busy Mums by Angela Thomas Guffey). If people were to ask me what I am passionate about and if I were in ‘Mummy’ mode, i would say – an empty dishwasher, cloth nappies or more sleep.

As a mum I find it a constant struggle to juggle my own passions and gifts with everyday life – children, husband, church, friends, work etc. So I searched for the answer. Here it is… Don’t juggle, they can all work together! Easy! The trick is not to have a list of priorities (1. God 2. husband 3. children 4. church – a list I have seen a lot) instead – have just one priority – God and his kingdom come first. Just listen to God. Phew! There it is. Now I just have to live it.

It is easy to pick a passionate person (Pastor Andrew, Pastor Steve, Rosemary to name a few, and Daniel after reading a book by Mark Driscoll!) What is so different about them? Here is what Gordon Macdonald says “you know them because they are not hurried, they are not shrill, they are not out to impress. You know them because when you come into their presence, they make you think of Christ. Somehow you feel that you have understood a little more of what it was like to be in the presence of Jesus…. they have a quiet energy that pushes them along.” It is these passionate people who have taught me to listen to God, to take the kids with me when I go on a church job and can’t find babysitters, to skip my ‘to do list’ and go to the beach for the day with my bible and my kids if I need a breather.

So I can relax and be content pursuing my various passions such as being a mother (making aeroplane darts, unloading the dishwasher, hanging out nappies) or cruising round Takanini with a van full of the awesome (ly noisy) Trinity girls or drooling over beautiful VW beetles going down the road or staying in random hotels just to check out the service or dragging the whole family out traveling the world for a year (perhaps the latter three I should delete off my list of passions?!).

Philippians 3:12 says Not that I have obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me… So, let’s turn our eyes toward heaven. Jesus took hold of us for a purpose. Let Him give wings to our passions, let us live according to holy contentment, and in all these things… press on!

2 Responses to “Passionate Contentment”

  1. 1 Louise

    Wow Michelle this is an awesome post! You are such a good writer. You can tell I am not because I only ever post recipes on our blog!!

  2. 2 Anita

    I second Louise, this is a great post Michelle! Any post that mentions cloth nappies as a passion has my vote. Seriously though this post spoke Christ to me- thanks.

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