What You Love Won't Drain You

7:58 AM

For the past couple years you would find me not only doing my own school work but homeschooling my siblings. It was never something my parents made me do. It was something I chose.
By the time I reached 10th grade things were highly stressful for me. I had a lot of schoolwork, a research paper to write my second semester, Algebra I didn't understand a whit, and on top of that I chose to teach more then one class in my sibling's homeschooling.
It was stressful.
It was tough.
"But I love doing this," I'd try to convince myself. "I love teaching. It's a huge passion."
But it wasn't - isn't - my calling.
I spent more time crying, frustrated and stressed, then no.
And it was never something my parents made me do. It was something I chose.
And I chose wrong. It wasn't my call.
Now that I've graduated I felt God speak to my heart and he convicted me: "This isn't what you're supposed to do."
But I tried to convince God. "I love doing this, I love teaching. It's a huge passion."
But God knew and it was something I didn't was to accept - it wasn't my calling. At least not now.

What you love, your calling, what you were made for, won't drain you. At the end of the day if writing stories it supposed to be what God made you for, then you won't feel mentally drained. While staying on the computer may hurt your eyes, while you may have a headache from your own bad grammar and trying to reword sentences to take out the word 'was', you shouldn't feel mentally drained. You shouldn't feel mentally exhausted.
God gave us many passions and talents, and while you may be eager to exercise them now, sometimes they're going to drain you and sometimes that's a sign that it's not meant to be.
At least not this season in your life.
One of the hardest things in my life is trying to figure out which of the things I enjoy doing God wants me to do now. I know sometimes it feels like a waste of talent and dreams to put them on hold, but believe me when I say that it's not worth it to hold onto something that will not only take your time but how you feel mentally. It's no fun to be trapped into something that is your passion but a passion you end up losing because you're exercising it wrong.

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  1. Wow.. this is absolutely true! I have found myself in situations like this before, and I appreciate your thoughts on it. We should be pursing what's God's best for our lives, and not what we think is the best. Then we will know what truly is our calling!
    Thanks for sharing, Kara Lynn!

  2. Oh, I too have struggled with this so much!
    thanks for sharing these wise and insightful words with us.
    I'll definitely be referring back to this.

    1. I think we all struggle with this in one way or another and you're by far not alone Elissa!
      And thank you for commenting - they always make my day extra special. ♥


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