Finding your calling, chasing your dreams and following your passions.
I woke up thinking about these topics this morning. It’s interesting to me that the dreams that swirl around my brain and heart have absolutely nothing to do with monetary success or career advancement. Absolutely nothing. I thought about the phrase “chasing the American Dream” and realized all the things in life that light a fire in my heart have nothing to do with me climbing the so-called corporate ladder. I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with ladder climbing goals…I’ve just never been wired that way.
Instead, chasing dreams and following passions has always come back to figuring out why God created me and then running in that direction.
What specific/unique experiences am I supposed to embrace while living on this earth?
Sometimes, I wish it could be as easy as finding that one thing, that one calling. But, that hasn’t been my experience. My calling isn’t just one thing…it’s a whole spectrum of things and there are countless ways to go about living that “calling” out.
Jeff Goins, a writer and motivational speaker, whose words and perspectives have inspired me for several years now, tweeted this question the other day:
What’s one question/struggle you have with finding your calling?
I responded with this:
It’s not so much finding it that I struggle with…it’s “channeling” it. If that makes sense.
You see, I know what I’m called to do.
I’m called to be an encourager. I’m called to point to the light when all we see is the dark. I’m called to remind people there is always Hope. I’m called to stand by those and fight for those who find themselves shackled in chains. I’m called to help others discover the pathway to freedom…by my words and my actions.
Again, sometimes I wish it could be as easy as waking up every morning and doing one specific thing. But it’s not…not for me. Over the years I have discovered there is only one key ingredient that must be present when I open my eyes each morning: a willingness to go where He desires to lead me.
Some days, I resist. Some days, I have more “important or pressing” things I think I need to be doing. Some days, I get trapped in that negative (always unhealthy, always toxic) place of comparing my calling to your calling. Some days, the fear creeps in and I retreat back to safety.
But when I get this right, when I remember that following my calling is about listening and responding to His lead..then wow.
He’s taken me on some pretty amazing journeys.