there’s more in the motions
It’s been a while…for a lot of things. I’ll try and make this post quick, so you can hop off your phone and press into what’s important.
I have writing goals, but I haven’t made the necessary moves to accomplish them. I’m a passionate person. I can dream the day away on all the world-changing things I’ll eventually do. And when the energy’s right, I get things done. But when it’s not…
My husband offered to give me a breather and watch the kids. He suggested I find a coffee shop and write. Write what? I questioned silently, with much more attitude in my head than I’d ever let out my mouth.
I wasn’t in the mood and hadn’t been for weeks. Nonetheless, I stepped out, 2019 version of a pen and paper in hand.
I pulled up a chair at a new spot and forced myself to write anything. I’m not sure if it was a little too much dirty in my chai or some kind of motherly high that comes when I’m not around the kids, but I got a revelation. A life-changing one.
‘Going through the motions’ gives you more.
I’ve heard this sentiment often as a young person, regarding going through the motions as a direct opposition to passion. I’d hear:
I don’t want to just go through the motions, I want to be passionate about God.
I don’t want to just go through the motions, I want to be passionate about my marriage.
I don’t want to just go through the motions, I want to be passionate about my career.
I remember thinking of it as such a noble thing to say. Wow, these people really want more for their lives.
As I sat there, sipping my iced dirty chai with lavender and a splash of oat milk through a paper straw, I realized that the words on my screen weren’t a product of passion. They were the making of movement ‘in the motions.’
The article I’d written that day didn’t feel as good in the process, but it was done. Andrea, as a writer, progressed.
But Andrea isn’t just a writer. She’s a wife, a mom, a friend, a disciple. What do you think could happen if she loved in the motions, served in the motions and gave of herself in the times when her feelings didn’t quite line up?
I almost forgot to tell you the best part. After I saw my work — the stuff I produced in a passionless place — the feelings of pride and purpose that come from this gift returned.
Here’s the rainbow:
If you’re in a passionless place in any area of your life, just know you’re being prepared for more. Can I challenge you with something?
Go through the motions. Embrace them.
I’m not a preacher or a Bible scholar, but I’m pretty sure that’s where faith is.