Working for The Calling has been a daily reminder to me of how God uses us in exactly the place we are for just as long as He wants us to be there. I’ve been challenged every day to seek out the best way to use my gifts and talents, and The Calling has supported me along the way and helped me to keep my eyes focused on the path God is revealing as I walk with Him daily.
Some people hear directly from God at a young age, and know exactly what it is they are to do with their lives. A good friend of mine knew as a young girl in elementary school that she would be a doctor in a foreign country where the people spoke Spanish. Today she serves the people of Costa Rica in a poor region at a wonderful hospital, and is fully engaged in her life’s calling in a beautiful way.
Others of us meander along the path we have been given, and see our callings slowly play out or change along the way depending on our life’s current season. Many of my friends saw their callings change for a time in a significant way when they were literally called “mom.” Their gifts and talents shifted gears into motherhood and the priority of their calling became their family. Others juggled simultaneously and were able to add being a wife and mother to whatever they had already been called to do.
Sometimes we have to isolate the good from the extraordinary. It may be that you are really good at a lot of things, but it takes time and experience to gain an understanding of just what we are meant to do. Just being good at something may not make it a calling. You know that moment where time and space have dissipated and you suddenly realize you have been fully absorbed in what you were doing and lost all track of time? That’s the very moment when you are truly engaged in your passion. That’s how God intends our days to be: overflowing with richness and fulfillment and a true sense of joy for the work we are doing. That’s living within your calling.
Being at The Calling has provided me with new insight and perspective on just what it is that God has planned for my future. The Calling has gifted me with several wonderful books that have poured light into my soul in a beautiful and freeing way (Thank you, Mark Batterson! What a powerful author when it comes to finding your life’s path!).
What I’ve recently learned is that if God is calling you somewhere, it’s not only in your best interest, but in the interest of whoever is coming behind you and will step into whatever role you are playing. Sometimes we sense God is calling us to move, but we are afraid. Change is scary, change is hard, change is the unknown. But I challenge you to consider this: if you don’t get out of the way to use your gifts and talents where God wants you, you might be blocking the way for someone else that needs to move in and use theirs! Sometimes we have to let go of things in life to make room for new things for ourselves, and sometimes we have to let go of things to make room for others. Either way, when it’s time to let go, it’s time to let go.
I find myself at a crossroad of that nature now. God has honed and fine-tuned my personal vision of how and where I can best use the gifts and talents that He’s given me. He has shown me a glimpse around the bend of the path I am currently on, and provided a clear road sign of the next turn and there is a curve ahead.
I am grateful for the time I have spent at The Calling and for the refinement I have gone through and I look forward to seeing my path ahead and behind and how God will use these changes in a wonderful, positive way.
I pray that you will also continue to be challenged daily, seek your passions, be bold, fearless, and move when it’s time! Whether the road sign is clear or covered with fog, trust that your Heavenly Father has the best possible plan ready for you no matter what. Step out to your next divine appointment!
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1, NIV