Taylor Gerlach, 17

Cooking, swimming, photography, mountain biking, traveling—I enjoy too many activities. I know that being well-rounded is considered a positive attribute; and I could probably manage to squeeze in everything I like to do, but I wouldn’t enjoy any of my interests because I wouldn’t be able to invest the time and effort each one deserves. So how do I choose which activities to pursue?

I have discovered that it is important for me to ask the question “Why?”—why I started each activity and why I’m continuing to pursue it. Why am I writing songs? Why am I playing tennis? Often, I discover that I am pursuing a passion that isn’t truly mine. For example, I was learning to play guitar to prove to myself and to the world that I could. The only motivation to continue was from outside of me.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world.”
Romans 12:2a (NIV)

With so many opportunities, we don’t have time to waste investing in activities that focus on what the world wants us to do rather than in our own unique interests. I’ve found that God-given gifts and interests may not necessarily gain the respect or attention of others, but they fuel our passion and make us genuinely happy.


JOURNAL: Are you trying to squeeze in too many things? Make a list of the activities you enjoy. Then take time to think about why.

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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