Calling can sometimes feel like such an elusive term to me.
I’ve abused it in the past, believing that God so narrowly defined my place – where I was supposed to be and operate in his Kingdom – that my eyes remain closed to the rest of the world around me.
I’ve fluctuated to the other end of the equation as well, wondering if vocational calling is something Jesus defined or humans created.
And somehow along the way, I seem to have settled in a middle place, figuring that sometimes calling is specific, to a people and to a place, just as calling is sometimes more broadly defined. Sometimes it simply means opening ourselves up to the opportunities presented before us, to the goodness of God already existent around us.
Right now, my calling is to my words, to creating room to explore and dive into finding Beauty in the most unlikely of places, to entering into conversations of race, and to walking alongside others in their faith journeys.
And my calling is to the church, when I speak and use my words to encourage those who are listening – so that the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts might be pleasing in God’s sight. .
My calling is to the fifteen students I interact with for fifty minutes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, just as my calling is to my home, to being present with my children and with my husband. We play and clean and cook and rest. We enter into actively being love to one another, as we continue to transition to this new place.
So, I ask you: what is your calling?
And how are you asked to live your calling?
I am delighted to have my words featured in Live Your Calling: A 40-Day Devotional for Women Leaders. Published by Women Leaders (which is the rebranded name for Gifted for Leadership, which is and was a part of Christianity Today), the devotional is specifically designed for those women who are ministering in the church. Whether you’re a senior pastor, a women’s ministry director, a pastor of community engagement, a non-profit outreach director, a children’s minister or whatever else under the wide, wide umbrella of ministry, this book is for you.
For this, at least for the time being, is your calling.
So, enter in. Leave a comment saying “Pick me!” below to win a copy of the devotional. Explore the Women Leaders website. And if you’re encouraged – which I mostly definitely believe you will be – spread the word to other women in ministry, so that we can walk alongside one another appropriately.
Sound like a plan?
Let’s do this!
Want to win a copy of Live Your Calling? Leave a comment saying “Pick me!” by this Friday, January 27th and the devotional could be yours! Otherwise what is YOUR calling? What’s your calling in life these days?
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