What is a Calling?

What does it mean to be called?

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Maybe if you are anything like me, this is a question you've asked yourself on several occasions. Does a "calling" mean something you do outside of your "9-5" job? Is it the thing you put time, effort, or finances towards once or twice a year? Perhaps it's the thing you spend two hours doing on the weekends. Or maybe, it's what you pour your heart and soul into every day.

If I'm being honest, I don't think I've come up with one spectacular answer to my initial question, however, I do know that there have been things in my life I have felt called toward. As a Christian, this question is something I have brought to the Lord since I was a little girl. Some of my prayers over the years have looked a little like this:

"Lord, open my eyes and ears so I can know you more and know what you are calling me to do." (Middle School Me)

"Jesus, I see all my friends knowing exactly what they should study in college, but I am still waiting for you to tell me what I should do." (High School Me)

"Okay Lord, now that I am done with college what are you calling me to? How am I supposed to live out your calling on my life while trying to make a living for myself?" (Me Today)

I have a feeling I'm not the only person who has gone to the Lord with questions, or in my case, often demands, of "show me Your calling on my life, please!"

Like most of us, I love having the answers and being ready for what's next. But that's just not how life usually works, is it? Life is more like a beautiful 10,000 piece puzzle that we slowly but surely start putting together. There are days where you fit several little pieces together and pictures start to form before your eyes. Other days, or weeks, or months, you feel as though you just can't find the missing pieces you have been looking for.

I think the same is true when we are trying to discover our callings. Some of us may know that we are gifted in specific areas such as finance, design, problem-solving, leadership, etc. Others are passionate about topics such as entrepreneurship, marketing, fashion... you get the picture.

All of our giftings and passions help point us in the direction of our callings. We are given these desires and abilities to not only bring joy to ourselves but also those around us.

Today, I challenge you to ask yourself a few questions in regards to your calling:

  1. What am I good at?
  2. What are some characteristics/skills that the people in my circle say I'm good at?
  3. What do I love? What gets me fired up? What can I keep asking more questions about?

Once you've answered those questions, you will be able to start laying down some of those puzzle pieces I mentioned earlier. Perhaps some of you already know what you are called to. Maybe you're reading this and feel like you aren't called to anything. But each of you, whether you know it right now or not, are called! We are called to love God and those around us. And as if that isn't a great enough calling, we are also called to live out the gifts and desires that God has given in our lives.

I am slowly putting together small puzzle pieces in my life, asking the same questions I challenge you with.

For myself, I know that I am good at leading. My loved ones often tell me that I'm good at public speaking and going after what I want. And finally, I love charting new waters. I love entrepreneurship because it gives me an outlet to be creative within the walls of numbers and ideas. I also love reminding women of their worth and instilling the importance of self-esteem.

Challenge yourself today. Ask questions about yourself that may seem uncomfortable and always approach the Lord with those same questions.

Living out your calling happens when you align your gifts, talents, passions and abilities with your career and lifestyle.

As a woman interested in business, I feel called to pursue it with a zealous passion. I believe that through the confines of business, I can one day create a platform where women feel worthy, empowered, and equipped to pursue whatever it is that gets them fired up. My life's puzzle is slowly being put together one piece at a time.

The mystery of life's puzzle pieces is important, because it keeps me continually seeking the Lord to ask, "What's next?"

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