11.23.2016

What is Your Calling


As early as I could remember people were always asking me what I wanted to do with my life? First off, can we just say that this question is so unfair and so loaded. I had no idea.

I can distinctly remember in grade eight picking whether I wanted to do academic courses or applied for high school. My teacher said if you want to go to university you must take academic courses or else you can't get it. I had no idea what I wanted to be, let alone what university was, let alone if I wanted to go there. It was all so confusing.

In high school I continued to struggle. Part of me wanted to go into business, part of me wanted to be a news anchor but I was never passionate about any one career path. There is half a course in high school to think about careers and as I would take those personality tests they would all come up with different responses. I had no specific path and always felt something was wrong with me. I often asked God "could you please just tell me? What do you want me to do with my life?" I never got a specific response.

Everyone went to university so I followed along. It didn't take me long to realize that I hated it. I was so stressed and did not learn well in a lecture style classroom along with hundreds of other students. It was easy to know that I didn't want to do theory in university but still had no idea what I wanted. Once I turned twenty I felt even more pressure. I knew I was spending thousands of dollars and for what? Thankfully, I was able to live at home (after first year and Africa), fast track my program and work every weekend to not get into too much debt, but still the question loomed even with a university degree - what am I doing with my life?

This has gone on for years but as my faith and relationship with the Lord grows I've slowly been getting clarity on purpose/calling. I was listening to a podcast (I forget which one) and they were talking about calling. The gist was that if you are a Christian you are called to make disciples (Matthew 28:19). That is such a big calling with lots to unwrap but it really is as simple as that. As I was listening doing the dishes I felt the Holy Spirit so strongly remind me of this. "Maddie, it doesn't matter what job you do, your calling remains the same." I feel like I can breathe so much easier hearing and resting in that.

So...

If you are a mom - your calling is to make disciples
If you work at a fast food chain - your calling is to make disciples
If you are a dentist - your calling is to make disciples
If you are a doctor -your calling is to make disciples
If you are a teacher, nurse, personal assistant, wedding planner and the list goes on forever - your calling is to make disciples

Our jobs and careers aren't where we find our calling. They don't define us. Christ does. 


Sure, I believe 100% that God speaks specifics. If He has asked you to be a teacher, than absolutely be a teacher. But please hear me out. If God hasn't given you a specific please don't spend years of your life like I did praying for that specific. God has placed you where you are, right now, to make disciples.

As you are walking in close communion with the Lord, He will tell you whether to move, relocate, switch jobs, move to another country etc. Trust in Him that since you are walking with Him you will be able to hear and discern His voice when He speaks those things. But until He speaks, trust that He has you where he wants you. Trust that you have a calling right where you are. People need Jesus in every job, every career, every volunteer position. No matter where you are serving Christ has you there to be a light, to shine bright for Him.

Walk fully knowing you are called. 

People still ask me what I want to do with my life. I can confidently respond now when people ask "I am called to make disciples." I can do that as a server at a restaurant, working as the children's director, or starting a wedding planning business  (all my jobs currently). I can do all of those things for the glory of God.

I hope this encourages someone who is putting way too much pressure on themselves to figure out their specific job. I hope you can breathe easier and trust God that He has good works prepared for you to walk in (Ephesians 2:10).

Take it from me, who has had this question lurking in the back of my mind since middle school trying to figure out what I should do with my life, terrified that I'll get to heaven and God would tell me - "Maddie you were suppose to be an accountant and you weren't and now you've wasted your life." It's silly typing it out now, but I believed that for way too long. That my job defined my calling. 

God has put you on earth, in this generation to bring glory to Him and make disciples. I pray you are encouraged no matter what occupation you are in that you can bring hope where you are.

Let's also remember it is God working in us and through us and that anything we do on our own strength is useless and ineffective. We can breathe easy and rest in His strength, knowing He speaks through us.

If God has been teaching you anything in the past couple weeks I would love to hear. Please send me an email and let's get in touch!

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