We want to know our calling. We want to be used. But, there are a few things we need to remember when it comes to not only knowing our calling but finding joy in it.
It’s the question I hate being asked, “What do you do now?”. It is the one that is supposed to allow us to name off all the wonderful things we are doing with our life. However, for me, it is the question that leaves me weak in the knees. What do I say? Am I just a mom? A writer? A blogger? A teacher? A freelancer? I feel like, despite the fact that I am 32 years old, I don’t know what my calling or purpose is in this life.
That is one reason why I jumped at the chance to go through the book, Your Beautiful Purpose with my in home Bible study group. As women, I believe no matter what stage of life we are in we struggle with our calling. We don’t feel like we do enough. We want a bigger ministry, a purpose for our life. We want to be recognized for the work we do that is seen, and even the work we do that is sometimes unseen. We want to be used by the Lord but are not sure what that should look like. We want to know and embrace our calling in life.
But, there are a few things we need to remember when it comes to not only knowing our calling but finding joy in our calling.
Stop Choosing Others Callings
Some are called to be doctors, singers, preachers and teachers. That does not mean we are. We may desire to be one of these things, or something else. But, that does not mean that is OUR calling for life. It may be a desire in our heart, and sometimes it may be placed there by the Lord. But, sometimes it’s not, and God may say no. Or not right now.
We will only wait on Him with joy if we have deep confidence in His love for us~ David Timms
Embrace Our Own Calling
When God says no to another’s calling, He is telling us to embrace our own. In her book, Susie Larson shares that time and time again she desired for a bigger ministry, a bigger platform, but God kept saying NO. Instead she was dealt with a debilitating illness, financial problems, and three little boys. She didn’t understand why the Lord was leading her down this path, until later. She had to choose to embrace where God had her, to see where God was leading her next. She had to embrace the calling God had for her life, even when she didn’t fully see what was in store. She had to trust that God had a plan and that His plan for her life was much better than her own.
Envy is a powerful motivator and the devil knows it. If he can get us to compare ourselves to another, he can derail us-at least for the moment-from God’s best plan for us~ Susie Larson
Motherhood IS a calling
Here’s another thing I have learned through the years as a mom who struggles with her calling. Motherhood IS a calling, and God does sometimes call moms to be JUST that. Yes, moms can have numerous roles in our world. They can be doctors, and teachers, and nurses, and missionaries. But, sometimes they can be Just a Mom. And God can allow us to do nothing more than raise up the next generation. So, when we are asked what we are doing with our lives, we should be able to say with pride, “I am a Mom that is where God has called me to be right now”. Don’t apologize for that! Find joy in your calling as a mom, embrace where God has you, and know that He has a plan.
If you are reading this today and are struggling with God’s calling for your life, let me encourage you to sit back and wait. Seek God’s will. Pray. Fast. And then wait.
God has an amazing calling for each one of us. For some, it may be writing a blog that reaches millions of people. For some, it may be speaking to thousands and encouraging them to follow God’s purpose for their lives. For some, it may be missions, or the medical field, or working in education. For some, it may be to raise up the next generation. But, we all need to find our calling from the Lord. And, once we have found it we need to embrace it, trust that it is from the Lord and put our whole hearts into it. That is how we can find joy in our calling.