It’s Not the Ark – It’s Not Your Savior!

By Amanda Whaley

I’ve been a homeschool mom for 10 years. It works for our family, but I’m not a die-hard evangelist for homeschooling over other options that work for other families. And in the process of those ten years, I’ve noticed some dangers about being too passionate about a specific methodology.  Passion is a great thing. It can drive us towards life and creativity. But too much passion often creates imbalance that can lead to a few destructive postures in our lives, namely anxiety, duplicity, arrogance, etc.

Have you ever met a really passionate homeschool parent? Or devout cross-fitter? Or essential oil enthusiast? It doesn’t really matter what flavor of passionate person it is; if you’ve met someone who is sold out excited about something in their life it can be tremendously infectious or detrimentally off-putting.

Maybe you have a passion in your life and you are trying to gauge if it comes from a healthy drive or from a need to be right, feel good, look good or be in control. You can tell whether or not that particular passion is life-giving or destructive by a few easy litmus test questions:

  • Do you have anxiety surrounding that area of your life being taken away?
  • Does that solution (homeschooling, cross-fitting, essential oils, or whatever it may be) take the place of God in some way?
  • Have you self-deceived to a point where any other perspective is impossible to entertain?
  • Do you feel a sense of creeping pride (or full-blown self-righteousness) because you have embraced that passion?

If you answered “yes” or “maybe” to any of these questions, it might be time to take a closer look at when the passion for a good thing shifted into becoming an idol.