Hobby as Mission
The term “business as mission” is becoming more popular as Christians wisely seek to leverage their careers for the sake of the kingdom. I think we should be looking for more ways to leverage what we have for the sake of the gospel. What about our hobbies? We participate in our hobbies because they bring us enjoyment. But what if they were more? What about “hobby as mission”?
What if we thought of our hobbies as something to be leveraged for the kingdom of Christ?
I googled the phrase, “hobby as mission” and got no results. It’s time to start a new conversation, introducing this idea as a way to think creatively about kingdom work.
I have the great privilege of being friends with someone who is teaching me about leveraging our hobbies for the kingdom. Andee Hart and I met a few years ago at our local church in Raleigh, NC – Imago Dei Church. At first glance, we don’t have a lot in common. Andee is single and I’m married. She works in corporate sales and I’m a homeschooling, stay-at-home mom. Andee loves cats and I don’t. But our love for the Lord and our desire to advance His kingdom bring us together.
We both believe that one way we can advance God’s kingdom on earth is by responding to the grace shown to us, former orphans adopted by God, by caring for orphans.
Andee and I work together to engage the global orphan crisis in different ways. My family is in the process of adopting a daughter from Uganda. We have 4 biological sons and an extra bedroom with the desire to care for another child as our own. As a single woman with a demanding job, Andee could have given into the temptation to believe that she is exempt from caring for orphans due to her circumstances. But Andee reflects her Father’s heart for orphans and desires to obey His command to care for them. She has gotten creative with how to do this. Literally.
Andee has a talent of hand lettering beautiful signs. She buys the supplies at craft stores, spends hours of her time each week creating beautifully scripted signs, and sells them through her Etsy shop and local craft fairs. This is a hobby, and she leverages this talent to care for orphans by using the profits generated from her sales to help finance adoptions. This is hobby as mission.
My family is one of the adopting families that benefits from Andee’s generosity. She inspires me to think through the stewardship of my own talents. What skills do I have that can be leveraged for the kingdom? What gifts do you have that can be used to engage the global orphan crisis?
Adoption is only one of many ways Christians can care for orphans. It’s very expensive and couldn’t happen without the generous giving of the body of Christ. Orphans need people like me who can graft them into a family, and they need people like Andee who can help provide the resources to make that happen. It is a beautiful sight when the Church works together in unity to represent the kingdom of heaven on earth.
I hope you will think creatively about ways you can help care for orphans. How can you leverage your hobbies, like Andee, for the kingdom?
As the holidays approach and you need to buy presents for loved ones, please consider shopping at Andee’s Etsy shop, Hart Design Co. With every purchase, you’re helping to support adoptions.