Re-Envision Calling

Calling. It can sound so dramatic, like the voice of God booming down from heaven. It can sound important: a world-changing task that’s, of course, more significant than your normal everyday life.

And so, sadly, we often drift through life thinking others have callings . . . but maybe we’ve missed ours? Or maybe God forgot to give us one? Or maybe we’re still in the waiting line, passing the time until our number is called and we’re given something important to do for God?

And that’s where we get it wrong. Listen to what God said to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

Jeremiah’s calling was unique and God spoke these words uniquely to him. But your calling is unique too! God knew you even before you were formed in your mother’s womb. He knew your personality, your talents, your affinities. He knew what you’d go through, where you’d live, where you’d work, who you’d love, and all that would lead you to this exact moment, right now.

Consider this truth meant for you and for each of us: “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

God has made you to do good, to embody and impart his goodness to the people in your life: Your loved ones, your neighbors, your enemies, the strangers you will pass today. And God doesn’t define calling or good works the way we might. God’s goodness can be shared in “small” acts, from a homemade PBJ to a kind word to heartfelt prayer. God’s goodness also shines through in the big parts of our lives–in striving for excellence in our workplace or as homemakers, in the love we share in our most important relationships, and in our dreaming-with-him (a.k.a. prayer) about the future.

God is calling you today. Right here, in your normal life, God has a mission for you: to shine his light through the unique, colorful work of art he’s made you to be.

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