A number of years back, when I was at a friend’s dinner party one particular evening, I distinctly remember him saying to me, “you don’t have a calling!” He went on to explain that such vocational thinking was only for doctors, teachers and so forth; not for the like of me – someone who was apparently engaged in management training at the time.
On another occasion, at our local church, I remember one of the deacons saying to me that he didn’t believe that God had a purpose for every person who walked the planet and, since then, I have spoken with many people who also think the same way. As you may be aware, I don’t buy the idea at all. I believe that life has both meaning and purpose.
More specifically, I believe that your life has both meaning and purpose and, in this article, I would like to invite you to open your mind to that possibility.
It is certainly true to say that I have not always thought this way. My change of heart actually came about over a period of time, during which I felt that I was being ‘called’ by God to a ‘ministry of encouragement’. I am aware that this statement may have put-off a number of people from reading the remainder of this post, but I really don’t know how else to say it.
Over the years, I have come to realise that personal revelation is not something that translates very well into open discussion, so I won’t, at this time, go into all of the details. If you are interested, you can get a copy of my book The Bible Secret where you can read more about how this change of mind came about. The fact is that apparent coincidences began to occur, in my life, and they reinforced the view that I was being called by God to do something with my life.
Now, just because I became convinced that God was calling me, and even though I knew it was to operate within a ‘ministry of encouragement’, I have to tell you that, at first, I had absolutely no idea what that actually meant. It took time, reflection and, most importantly, a specific act for the meaning of that phrase to finally open itself to me.
What ultimately made the difference was reaching the point where I was genuinely prepared to submit my own will to the will of God. Whatever he wanted me to do with my life, I was prepared to accept. It was a kind of sacrifice. There was no guarantee involved. I did not understand what God wanted me to do and I was not at all sure if I was going to like it.
But, in going through this change of heart, I made an important discovery. I began to understand that God’s calling involved me beginning to live the life I was born to lead. Suffice it to say, for the purposes of this post, that I not only came to believe that God did have a purpose in mind for my life, but that it was going to be something that I would find very exciting indeed.
Since then, everything has changed for me and I now understand my calling in terms of helping other people to live more meaningful lives. That is reflected in the mission statement of this site i.e. ‘White Dove Books exists to help people develop their own unique talents, abilities and passion in order that they may lead more meaningful, joyful and fulfilled lives’.
So, today, I wanted to encourage you, dear reader, to think about your life and where it is going. Are you living the life you were born to lead or are you on some kind of treadmill, allowing life itself to dictate where you go and what you do? If you are, I would like you to understand that it does not have to be that way.
Personally, I think Mildred Mann put it best when she said that, “you are a special enterprise on the part of God” and, if you will open your heart to this message, I believe it will completely change your life. For the remainder of today, I would like to challenge you to think about this proposition.
How might your life change when you finally understand your calling?