Living Out Loud
Letting your voice be heard while living out your passion
By Trinity N. Hollins
I’m a firm believer that family is first, but sometimes that comes at a cost to us women. We have the tendency to help everyone else and place ourselves and passions on the backburner. Some of us even convince ourselves that it is just a delay and we will pick it back up later. We have sayings such as, once the children get bigger, once I purchase my home, or after I get married. That is great, but do we ever really go back to our passions?
Do we even remember what those passions are or have we lost ourselves in the hustle and bustle called life? God intended us to share our gifts with others. First Corinthians 12:7 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” In order to do so, we as women must find our way back to the gifts that were bestowed upon us.
Many of us begin to lose ourselves in others. Yes, it is okay to be that helpmeet, encourager, nurturer, and everything else that others perceive us to be. Yet, how do we exactly see ourselves? We have to remember that in order to be the best wife, mother, sister, friend or daughter, we must know who we are and know what we have to offer, as well.
As women, we can’t continue to nurture and fill up others with their hopes, dreams and passions, yet on the inside, be empty ourselves. Some of us aren’t even half full. Think about it. Have you ever asked yourself, how did I become lost in translation (figuratively speaking)? In other words, as if you’ve been misunderstood or not heard at all as it relates to your desires.
What is the language you’re trying to speak to others? Meaning, that language that has become your fire, your passion that you know deep down inside God intended for you to do and share with the world? Philippians 2:13 reminds us, “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
So, let us begin to find our voice and true selves, so that we too can fulfill our hopes, dreams, passions, and the will of God. Let’s begin to nurture ourselves and share those findings with others, because when we discover our passions and begin to speak our God-given language, we begin to mold and shape our lives that in return, become a reflection of our true selves. We begin to see what we have to offer to others and begin to walk the path that the Lord intended for us. It’s time to live out your passion!