By Ruth DuCharme

published in Family Matters eNewsletter July 26, 2018

I love God. I love my family and friends. Those are certainties in my life, and they are most likely certainties in your life. Beyond those true loves of your life, what do you love? What fills your life with joy and satisfies your hunger to be your true self?

Too often, we give into fear – afraid to express our real loves and longings. We wonder if we will be accepted or liked if we admit aloud that jamming to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody makes our hearts happy or slamming a pop-up across the tennis net brings us a certain amount of satisfaction.

Shauna Niequist writes in her book, Bread and Wine, that “part of becoming yourself, in a deeply spiritual way, is finding the words to tell the truth about what it is you really love.” Do you let yourself love what you love? Can you express what it is that makes you feel alive and connects you to God?

God made each of us a certain way. We are each uniquely designed with gifts and desires all our own. I believe that the way we are made matters – that who we are meant to be matters. The challenge is to unapologetically love what we love and to love it with great passion. If you love the taste and smell of homemade bread, then bake it. If singing Broadway tunes in the shower is your joy, then sing to the top of your lungs. If learning to paint or to speak a new language is your desire, then sign up for that class.

Maybe when we allow ourselves the space and time to do the things that we love, we find ourselves a little more connected to the One who created us and placed those passions in our hearts. God’s presence is all around us. It is a gift to walk with God and discover the loves of our lives. What is it that you love? I would love to know.