Today’s guest post is by Tammy Helfrich. Tammy is a wife, mom, and writer. She has a passion for writing about life, marriage, motivation, and telling the stories of people who are making a difference. Tammy is learning to live a healthier lifestyle, and live a better story. You can connect with her at her blog here or on Twitter @tammyhelfrich
I can’t really remember a time when I had a huge dream or vision. I didn’t have something that I thought I was destined to do. I didn’t want to become a missionary or a doctor. I just wanted to be successful and have a good life.
I do, however, remember always wanting to help people. I always wanted to make a difference.
But people told me I couldn’t. How could I make a living doing that? They said ideas like that never got you anywhere. So I buried it deep inside. It would resurface every once in a while when I stepped outside of myself to do something for someone else. But, then it would become all about me again.
Over the last year or so, I have learned to dream again. I have learned to want something different for my life. And the life of others around me. But again, I never wanted it to be about me. I struggled with it for a while. Then I read this:
“There is great hope in realizing that your vision and passions have little to do with you. These are God’s visions and God’s passions, which He set in motion long ago, timed perfectly for you to step into at the right moment.” – Justin Zoradi
I felt free!
I realized again that my writing was a way that God wanted me to make a difference. For Him. Not for me. It energized me, and inspired me.
I have been able to encourage others to start following their dreams. That is a passion that God uniquely formed in me. I am learning to explore that more, and step out of my comfort zone.
I am a different person now.
I listen when God prompts.
- I write to help others understand God’s transforming power.
- I write to encourage others.
- I write to connect with other people.
- I write to tell other people’s stories.
- I write to help remind myself what God has done in my life.
- I write to learn to tell a better story.
- And live a better story.
What passions and desires has God placed in you? How are you using them? Leave a comment…