Having a Calling

Knowing and doing what we are well suited to do

Every calling is great when greatly pursued. Oliver Wendell Holmes

The mountains are calling and I must go. John Muir

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. Kahil Gibran

  Having a calling implies there is something out there we are especially suited and well-equipped to do. The belief is that “our calling” is something we should seek and diligently pursue. Those who find their calling and pursue it are those we often look up to as having achieved success in life.  

      There are thousands of examples of those who answer their calling. We are likely to have known teachers who were called to teach, doctors called to be doctors and preachers called to preach. We have seen or experienced many examples of those who excelled at their chosen calling. We assume they go through a process that reveals to them their calling; causing them to change their life’s course, and as a result, they find success. Many of us wish and really want to know the nature of our calling. 

      Some questions apply: “Is it possible for us to find our calling”, “How do we find it”, and “What do we do when we think we find it?” There is a common denominator to these questions. It involves thinking, visualizing, having a hunger, and ultimately taking action. It is not likely that “successful” people receive a telegram revealing their chosen profession or what their calling should be. It would be nice if it worked that way, or would it? Successful people are not successful people as a result of sitting back on their rear end, and waiting for inspiration to inspire them. Most of them got there by hard work, by trial and error, the school of hard knocks, mistakes, wrong turns, trials and tribulations, and a long list of difficulties and obstacles that got in their way. As a result of their efforts they happened to bump into their calling on the way. It was always a work in progress, but it was a process. They found their calling.

      How do we greatly increase the likelihood that will find our calling? The process starts with wanting to better ourselves, becoming the best we can become, overcoming our inadequacies, weaknesses, fears and those things imprisoning us. The more desire and hunger we have, the more likely it is we will find the path to our calling. Success is an attitude. It is not possessions or wealth. It comes as a result of personal growth and development, and finding the freedom to be, that bumps into us along the way.

Challenge: Knowing your calling or what you are supposed to do is wonderful. Life is a journey, a pilgrimage, an epic voyage. Having a destination in mind allows you to enjoy the journey much more. It provides a sense of security and purpose to be assured you are doing what you are meant to do. You should not sit around waiting to discover your calling; it is part of your journey. Go, do, experience; keep going. Eventually, it will come to you.

Wisdom: When you engage in a work that taps your talent and fuels your passion–that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet–therein lies your voice, your calling, your soul’s code. Stephen Covey  

Spiritual: (NIV)

To the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness. Ecclesiastes 2:26

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:2

The best source for discovering our calling is God. Since it is he that made and designed us, he knows what he had in mind when he created us. Some never discover their calling. Many wrestle and struggle to find it on their own. They are the do-it-yourselfers. The wisest and surest way to find our calling is to ask God. In his own way and through his perfect timing, he will show us, tell us; or lead us to our calling. He may even send a telegram.

Prayer: Help me to open my eyes, ears, heart and mind to your guidance. Show me the path I should take.


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