Do I Have a Calling in Life?
How is God working in my life today? How is He working in my life this week, this month, this year? Do I have goals that have been set according to what the Lord has put on my heart? Am I open-heartedly, open-mindedly listening for God to make a move? If I would have been asked these questions even six months ago, my answer would have been: “Well…” and I’d have drawn a blank trying to make an excuse as to why I could not answer the question. Or, I would have avoided the question completely.
I have been working on being more honest with myself so that, in turn, I may be more honest with others. Because how can I be completely honest with others if I am lying to myself? This benefits no one. I have also been working on laying down my pride in all situations (ask my husband - that is an awfully difficult thing for me to let go!) in an attempt to be more like Jesus in any way possible. And you know what? I have witnessed almost immediate results in my relationships. It is almost like reverse psychology, only in a genuine way. It is truly amazing to see how situations may unveil when one, two or all parties grasp this concept--this concept which is solely Jesus working in our lives!
Another thing I have been working on is strictly listening to God’s call on every move I make. Now, this does not mean there will be perfection - even the Bible says my flesh will fail - but God will always be my strength and be there to pick me right back up when I am down (Psalm 73:26). However, as long as I am keeping an open heart and mind, there will be many opportunities for me to hear the Lord call my steps! Here are a few examples:
I have felt led to begin praying about organizing a ‘Mommy’s Day Out Bible Study,’ I’ve felt the Lord place on my heart to begin working on a Busy Wife & Mama Devotional/Bible Study Guide, and I have felt Him calling me to verbalize prayer in my home and especially with my children more often than I have been. These are all works in progress, and I am very grateful that God is giving me the desire to pursue these things, because He knows that I am trying to be obedient as I am able. Now, I must act upon them! He calls my steps, and I must go because the offerings and calling of the Lord are unalterable (Romans 11:29).
I also believe that God understands the season I am in right now; He knows that I am unable to serve consistently in the church due to my being a stay-at-home mom, finishing my Bachelor’s Degree, with children who resist childcare, so I feel Him leading me more to sharing His revelations in my life on social media, on my blog and obviously in my home with my husband and kiddos. These are ministries, too! And these ministries matter.
God wants to meet you where you are in this season of your life. He is always right there beside you, ready to tackle the day before you, no matter what you are doing or where and what you feel the ideal ministry is! I find that Martin Luther’s assertions emphasize my points here: “The idea that service to God should have only to do with a church altar, singing, reading, sacrifice, and the like is without doubt but the worst trick of the devil. How could the devil have led us more effectively astray than by the narrow conception that the service of God takes place only in the church and by works done therein. … The whole world could abound within services to the Lord … not only in churches but also in the home, kitchen, workshop, and field.”
Let us start following the example set by this statement and become joyful in the ministries that God presents us. We all know that our babies need a happy and joyful Mama! We all know that our husbands need a caring and respectful wife! We all know we could be a little (or a lot) more compassionate in all the relationships in our life. What more can give us that than our continually growing relationship with our Loving Father? Nothing more! He is the only way for all aspects of our lives to become joy-filled! He is our Savior, and He loves us exceedingly and abundantly! So I have one question for you. Will you join me? Will you begin actively seeking Jesus to expose your calling, your goals, your dreams, your desires—for today, this week, this month, this year? Will you open your heart and mind with me? Will you allow God to speak to you and place a vision in your heart with me? Because it is going to be a rewarding ride, I promise!
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