God is Calling
Have you ever met or heard about a person who, right from birth, seemed to have it all together? They’ve always known what they wanted to do with their life and they’ve been making it happen since day one. I am not one of them. Just when I think I’ve found it, my calling, my purpose, it turns out its not what I thought.
Recently, our 12 year old daughter came to me in tears saying she doesn’t know what her purpose is in life. “Well, child join the crowd!” I thought. I gently told her that it is not her time to know what her specific purpose is yet. And that God would reveal it to her when He feels she is ready to know. Right now is the time for her to get an education, gain experience about the world around her and to practice and experiment with her God-given gifts so that when the time comes she will be ready.
As a child of God, I have struggled with this idea of purpose and calling my whole life. Last year, I wrote in my own journal on this very topic:
“What is my purpose? My calling? Why am I here? I know I am not the only person who asks this. We all want to matter, to make a difference in the world, to leave a legacy. When we feel that we do matter, that we are making a difference and that we will be remembered for the right reasons we feel useful, accomplished and loved. When we don’t feel like what we do matters, we feel useless; we think we have failed and that we will be forgotten over time.
I have decided to let go of this question. I give it to God, where it belongs. For it is God who decides what my purpose is. Because I am here now, my purpose is to be here right now. As long as I walk with Jesus then just by being here right now I am making a difference. I may not always be aware of the difference I am making but I have to believe that I am.”
In doing research for this blog installment I came across the website of Keith Stancil, an author and music artist’s manager who’s passion is “to equip those pursuing careers on platforms with the necessary tools to navigate potential fame with biblical excellence.” Mr. Stancil feels that perhaps the word “called” is misused. Offering that “We are all called to make Jesus famous with the Great Commission” and that “[God] gives us varying platforms to use for that purpose.” So instead of saying “God called me to be a (fill in the blank)” it makes more sense to say “God called me to make Jesus famous and He has given me specific skills and a platform to carry out that calling. The platform God gives us is our sphere of influence. Our “calling” is to make Jesus famous.”
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).
After reading this I realized I have been going about this all wrong. It’s not about me, it’s not about any of us.
It’s all about Him!
It’s kind of a relief, isn’t it?
Blessing to you until next time,