My passion & calling
On November 2nd, 2016 I was able to attend a training seminar in which we were asked to think about and formulate the verbage to describe our specific calling God has placed on our lives. The idea there was that this unique calling was a mix between A) God’s ultimate mission for the world, B) our context and physical location, and C) Holy Spirit’s promptings on our life.
At that point in my life creating digital media was still a large part of my ministry. However, I’ve long known and specifically loved the story-telling aspect of creating media. I know God loves people and working through them, it makes sense that their stories are something that can build and further the His Kingdom.
As I thought through people groups, issues, gifts, and skills that are near to my heart I formulated the following sentence; I intend to empower young singles and married couples from a lost identity and a lack of purpose into a Kingdom purpose and their true identity through the means of storytelling.
It’s now 2020 and I’ve revisited this sentence multiple times. While I don’t often create media as part of my ministry, both Brittany and I are very involved with young people. I hope that can always be the case as fathering those younger than me has become something that brings me great joy. (3 John 1:4) Since 2016 I’ve taken a deeper dive into philosophy and theology during my pre-ordination apprenticeship. Additionally I’ve taken more Bible classes and read many books, however in midst of all this learning my favorite part has been being able to share my findings with those I’m leading…
…and I most enjoy leading through the use of stories. Stories help us encourage connection and help us engage. They appeal to all sorts of learners. They’re a low-risk learning method (as they often mask their challenge within the story itself) and they also greatly inspire motivation. It’s through stories from my own experiences, or even stories of others that I am privileged to tell, that I am able to share and invest in my spiritual children.
Your passion & calling
I may have found an interest plot line to reveal my calling, but realistically it came to me in a pretty boring fashion. There was never a burning bush moment where I suddenly realized what I was made to do. So no matter what others experience, don’t fret. Know that God made you to do something specific. He made you in a wonderful fashion and with a unique purpose! (Psalm 139:14)
So, how do you figure out what it is you’re made to do? I recently re-read a book called Garden City that lays it out pretty well. Read this…
What we do should grow out of who we are.
What are you good at? Perhaps you need to embrace that potential a dig in a little more. Then look at your limitations. What are you not great at? Perhaps you should stop trying to do those things. God made us all to do something different (We see this when someone who is clearly cut out for studying is forced into manual labor, or when an extrovert is pushed into a cubicle.) and we must first realize we can’t do anything. We can only do what God created us to do.
Both our potential and our limitations are signs pointing forward to God’s calling on our life.
After that, ask yourself some simple questions.
- What do you love?
Can you make a living at it. Have you tried?
- What are you good at?
Celebrate the success you’ve had and then also re-evaluate the failures you’ve had. Both are stepping stones!
- What does your world need?
Your country, your neighborhood, your generation. We were put on this earth to work together with God and when he came to earth as a man, Jesus rocked the culture through his radical servant leadership.
- Does it make the world a better place?
Does it help humans flourish? Is it good for the earth? Good for you? Good for culture?
- What are the open doors in your life?
Could God be simply calling you to step into an opportunity that is in front of you?
- What are people you know saying?
Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory. Proverbs 11:14
- What is the Holy Spirit stirring in your heart?
Holy Spirit sometimes asks us to do something we don’t want to do. We often ignore what He stirs up. But if we try to do something we aren’t made to do, fighting these stirrings is pointless, perhaps even dangerous. Press in instead!
I’ll end this post with a quote from the book I’ve referenced above.
Whatever it is that you’re called to do it. If you don’t, you rob yourself of the life God’s called you to live… But you also rob the rest of us. We need you to be you. Garden City, John Mark Comer (Chapter 3)
Press into God’s calling for you!