Don’t Let Your Circumstances Confine Your Calling
Deep inside the heart of every woman lies a passion and longing to do something beyond herself. It might be a burden for a people group or a specific cause. Maybe even a desire to communicate in creative ways through art, music, writing, or another outlet. It could even be a deep-seeded truth that you are desperate for people to know. Whatever it is, you feel the call to something bigger than yourself. You have a calling that your heart is itching to live out.
I love the way Rebekah Lyons describes calling. She says,
“Calling is where your burdens and talents collide.”
Because we are all crafted so uniquely, our callings look different from each others—which is great! However, the problem arises when we compare ourselves to somebody else with a similar calling who has a platform & followers. We begin to believe that we are only able to live out our callings if we have arrived to the place they are. In other words, pursuing your calling is only possible in a specific place, in a certain time, with certain people and circumstances.
This mentality can morph our callings to seem impossible and even discouraging. Especially if you’re stuck behind a desk, buried in diapers, located in a small town, or even if you have a physical, financial or emotional incapability. Sad to say, our circumstances can snuff out our callings before we even step into them. That is–if we let them.
In a society that covets platforms, followers and microphones, it’s effortless to fall into the trap of believing that calling only takes place on a stage. Out of discouragement, we can abandon the very things we feel called to because our lives feel too “ordinary” and far-fetched from the picture we imagined for ourselves. As a result, we find ourselves being faithful to obsess over how we’re going to “get big” and unfaithful in the small opportunities God has placed right in front of us.
I fear we’ve equated calling with congregations, passion with people’s approval, and mission with mass followings.
The beautiful thing about calling is that it beckons us to step away from ourselves and leap into the life another. Calling pushes us to make our world better and bring God glory. Essentially, calling doesn’t revolve around us–it’s orchestrated by and FOR the Caller. When we confine our callings and fixate on how we think it “should” be, we miss all that it is meant to be.
Taking Your Calling Wherever You Go
Discouragement tends to heighten when we can’t find a full time vocation that lines up with what we feel called to. Instead of bringing our callings into our workplaces or homes, we leave them off in the distant future telling ourselves, “Someday, it will happen.”
Some seasons, we might get to live out our callings as a full time vocation. Other seasons, we might not. Does that mean that you can’t live out what you feel called to do? Absolutely not!
One of my dear friends sat across the table from me as we talked about the things that stirred our hearts. She asked me what I was passionate about, and I told her about my desire to encourage women and teach them about Jesus. In the same breath I told her, “But I can’t find a job where I can do that. Plus, I live in a small town.”
She lovingly responded: “Okay then. Tell me how you can make this happen outside of your job with the people right in front of you?”
Since our conversation that lovely afternoon, I’ve found myself asking God, “Okay, Lord. You wired these things inside of me and I want to live them out. Would you provide an opportunity for me to do this?” As sure as the dawn, He has. In the smallest, weirdest ways He has given me opportunities at church, at my desk-job, through this little space on the internet, and even in line at the grocery store to do what He’s called me to do. For He who calls is faithful.
Ask The Caller
I’m learning that following your calling is all about listening to the Caller and being faithful to the opportunities He places right in front of you—big or small.
So friend, whether you’re a daydreamer behind a desk, a mom with a mission, a single gal with huge vision, or an empty nester with a dream in her heart—remember, the Caller knows your season better than anybody else. He knows what He’s wired inside of you and knows the needs within your reach.
What does living out your calling look like for you? The best place to start is by asking Him. Start asking the Lord for opportunities. Say yes to the small things He puts in front of you. Be faithful with the season you’re in and ask Him to use it all for His glory.
You better believe He will!
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3: 23-24