Finding Joy!

We  often get so caught up in the mundane things in life, that before you know it, we are sitting in the same place – morning to evening – and not doing the one thing we are passionate about and that will bring us joy.

Passion is an emotion that drives us to do something ‘really’ well.  We do it well because it is something that we enjoy doing.  Passion can be seen in the person’s actions, their facial expressions, and their attitude when doing that ‘thing’ that they love to do.   Passion brings ‘joy’ to the one who is sharing their passion with others and to those who are on the receiving end of that passion.

For example, I have a friend who was a dental hygienist before she retired.  She now cleans teeth for the homeless as her vocation for God!  Just to hear her story, her passion for what she is doing is ‘catchy.’  Her passion wants ‘you’-  the one she is telling her story to – to be a part of her ministry!  Her passion is evident and alive in what she does for the Lord!  Her passion brings her joy!

Moses has brought the people out of slavery from the Egyptians.  They are now in the wilderness, searching for the land that God has promised them.  The people have complained of hunger and thirst.  In each case, God has provided.  Moses is passionate about helping the people.  He is passionate about obeying God and doing what is right in the eyes of God. Today, he is sitting as the judge before the people to settle their grievances.  He sits there from morning until evening. Jethro, his father-in-law sees the good things that Moses is doing, but quickly realizes that he will not be able to sustain the journey if he continues to work at his current rate of speed.

 Jethro says, “What you are doing is not good.  You will surely wear yourself out, both you and these people with you.  For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone” (Exodus 18:1-23).

 What Jethro then suggests to Moses is to enlist others to come and help him.   Keep the major and difficult cases, but then let others who are capable, make decisions on the minor cases.  And, so Moses does so.  Can you imagine Moses’ relief when he no longer will just sit there and hear the complaints of the people all day long?

I think life can be this way…We can get so caught up in the mundane things in life, that before you know it, we are sitting in the same place – morning to evening – and not doing the things that we are passionate about and that bring us joy.

What are you passionate about?  Is there a ministry for God that would bring you joy, but you cannot do that ‘thing’ because of the mundane responsibilities in your everyday life?   How can you begin today to delegate to others so that your time, energy, and passion for God can shine before others?

Let us pray…Gracious God, help us to find our passion for you and what will bring us joy in serving you.  Help us to delegate to others so that we have the time for the joy in our lives.  We love you so much, Amen.

About pastorterrihttps://pastorterri.wordpress.comI serve as the pastor at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Augusta, GA.

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