By: Gail Armatys
Discern your calling. Yea, right. It’s often not as easy as we think it should be. As a result, we resort to basing our choices on lists of pros and cons or playing rock-paper-scissors to determine our destiny. Yikes! Sound vaguely familiar?
It’s not that God desires to hide your calling. Perhaps it’s more about earnestly seeking Holy Spirit guidance and being ready and willing to accept whatever he has planned rather than living a ‘do-it-yourself’ life.
Looking for Change That Lights Up Your Life?
I recently spoke to a woman; we will call her Andrea, who was thinking about leaving her job…making a change. The only problem was she didn’t know what she would do with her time if she did. She felt stuck.
Andrea knew her strengths and weaknesses as well as her gifts and talents. She just didn’t have any idea what God wanted her to do with them. She desired change. Not just to do something different but change that was fulfilling. Change that came from the heart of God and would light up her life.
Perhaps you’re in a similar situation. No matter your age or place in life, if your desire is to live out God’s calling rather than just drifting along or seeking to fill a void, the following four clues may help you discern your calling.
Clues To Help Discern Your Calling
If you could do anything and had all the resources necessary to do it, what would you do?
Why is this question important? Because it helps you identify the dream written on your heart…the one God put there. (Note: I did not say the one you contrived.) Perhaps your life has been so wrapped up in your family, your work or the details, pain, and speed of life that you haven’t paid enough attention to realize you actually have a God-given dream!
Spend time on this question. Pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s promptings. Your dream will be drawn out from hiding and you may begin to uncover the possibilities and discern your calling.
What makes you weep?
The world is full of hurting people who need someone to reach out and make a difference. When you learn about the hungry and thirsty, the lonely, the suffering sick, kids that are left behind, battered or trafficked what does your heart tell you? What story makes you weak in the knees or angry to the core? What impact do these stories have on you. Is your hurting heart on their behalf the first step into your calling?
What would you like to tell the world?
What is on you heart that you would like to tell the world if you knew they would listen? We’ve all been given marching orders. We are to go into the world and share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Within that broader message we each have a unique and personal life message to tell. It’s specific to our design and experiences. You can deliver the Good News message in only your way, and I can deliver it in only mine.
What do you know for sure that this hurting world needs to know to find the Peace that passes all understanding? It is in that message that you may begin to discern your calling.
In what service or mission have you found the most joy?
Think back to the last time you gave of yourself and time to others. Maybe it was assisting with Vacation Bible School, teaching a class, building ramps, serving lunches, digging water wells, teaching life skills to youth, visiting with the lonely, hospitalized or imprisoned. What was the service that made you smile ~ the one you were excited and maybe even nervous about? Which one cost you much but didn’t drain you, it strengthened you?
If you haven’t served in your community for a while…or ever, stepping out and getting involved in a service or ministry experience can be the action the Holy Spirit uses to direct you straight to where you desire to be most…you just don’t know it yet. Giving of yourself helps you discern your calling by informing you where you should not be on one hand, and where you belong on the other. But…in order to know, the Holy Spirit calls you to begin.
What’s The Point?
You, me, them…as followers of Christ, we each have a calling. We are messengers with one big Good News message that we can share in our own personal God-designed way. You can discern your calling. When you do, God will be glorified, your life will change, and so will the lives of others.
Which, by the way, is the whole point.
Spend time this week seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit. Review the clues and answer the questions that help you discern your calling.
Father, thank you for the calling you have on my life. Forgive me for attempting to create and fulfill my ‘do-it-yourself’ calling. I seek to discern your will, your plan, and your purpose. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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