We all have some kind of hobby, maybe even something we’re passionate about. It might be
- anything and everything organic,
- home improvement projects,
- maybe even a job, or
- a million other possibilities.
For me, it’s gardening, landscaping, and blogging …
I remember a few years ago being utterly consumed with landscaping (the appearance of my ornamental garden beds, and dreams of future projects). It got to a point that it ruled my mind, thoughts … my heart.
Under strong conviction, I took a 3-day fast from landscaping. I needed concentrated time away from it, to get my heart where it needed to be.
When our motives are wrong, these hobbies and passions can be used for selfish gain, pride, and prestige. We’re no longer vessels of God’s grace and goodness; we’re, quite simply, idolaters. We’ve taken God off the throne of our heart, and placed these things in His rightful place.
On the other hand, God can use our hobbies and passions for His glory, if His glory is our greatest desire. When we commit theses areas of our lives to God, He gives us enjoyment in them, and impacts other lives through ours.
There’s nothing wrong, in and of itself, with gardening, cooking, homesteading, blogging, etc. It’s when they’re more important to us than God, that’s when we have a problem.
My flesh continually gravitates to the things of the world (again, not necessarily bad things, but a pre-occupation with them), but the Lord continually, and lovingly, draws me back to Him.
I wanted to share some things the Lord has used to help me. (If I struggle with this, maybe others do, too.)
1. Ask a series of self-assessment questions.
- What’s the first thing I think about when waking up?
- What’s the last thing I think about when falling asleep?
- What do I spend most of my free time thinking about?
- If I were to die today, what would I be most remembered for? What would others say was the most important thing in my life? Something of eternal value?