My Calling - Part 4
When Isabela (I love you chica) asked me to write for her blog, I was really excited and honored and kind of felt like a famous blogger (even though I’m not famous nor a blogger), then when she asked again if I could write something about “my calling” I thought, “Esta chica esta loca! She must be joking or something.” I told her that I was sorry but I was definitely not the right person to choose to write about calling because I don’t even know what my calling is. I was hoping that she would change her mind about the topic but she did the opposite. She said, “Exactly. That’s why I want you to write about it.”
To be honest with you guys I was freaking out. I was so stressed and not because Isa asked me write about this, I was the one who said yes and couldn’t take it back (I’m a woman of my word), but because I really don’t know anything about “callings.” I even googled “How to find my God-given calling in one-week steps”, but to be honest I was freaking out because I didn’t really believe that God was calling me anywhere because of my sins and my past. I didn’t think that God could use someone as broken as me and for a very long time I believed that lie. It wasn’t until I started going to a counselor that I stopped believing that I couldn’t be used and started to work on my calling.
John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
Reading this verse helped me understand that He has chosen me despite everything. I’m studying at a bible college right now and it can be a little overwhelming sometimes and it can be even more overwhelming if you’re like me and you have no idea what your calling is. But I have good news: it doesn’t have to be like this!
So here are three things that helped me out and will also help you while finding out what your “calling” might be:
1. DO NOT COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS
Different people, different cultures, different backgrounds, different skills, DIFFERENT CALLINGS! This is something that we all need to understand. Your calling does not need to be the same as others. Some are called to be in full-time ministry, others are called to be evangelists, preachers, musicians and so many other things, but that doesn’t mean you need to be called to be or do the same things. Stop the comparison game now! You will end up feeling stressed and unmotivated. How do I know this? Because I did the exact same thing I’m telling you NOT to do. I compared myself to others and it didn’t end up well. I encourage you to instead embrace the fact that we’re all unique and that God will use that uniqueness to fulfill His plans.
2. TRUST THE PROCESS
Yep, the process! Two weeks ago I did a 5-minute mini sermon for my Public Speaking class on “The Process” and how we all hate the aspect of waiting and going through the motions required to get where we want to be. One of the examples I used was buying and wearing new shoes. When you buy them you have to go through the process of breaking them in which is generally painful and uncomfortable but is necessary if we want to wear the shoes. I think it’s the same with discovering our God given calling. We need to go through a process of learning new things and letting go of what may be holding us back and that may hurt but is necessary to get where God is calling us.
3. TRUST GOD’S PROCESS
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Sometimes it gets hard to understand where I’m at or where I’m going and it can be easy for me to get frustrated (and more than I’d like to admit) but when I’m feeling like that I read this proverb to remind myself that with God I don’t need to understand everything but I just need to trust Him and His ways. When you can do this, watch how God goes far and beyond your imagination.
Don’t focus on trying to get where you think or know God is calling you because you might miss the actual point of been “called” which is to love God and love others. Instead, enjoy every single part of the journey all the while trusting God with your calling.