As a millennial, I naturally obsess over the idea of my true calling in life. All it takes is one person’s social media update to make my mind crawl with comparison and doubt over whether or not I’m headed in the right direction – a complete waste of time.
I could write an entire book on the importance of understanding God’s real calling in one’s life. However, I’ll spare you the drawn-out details and simply share with you some golden nuggets I’ve learned through my WorkMatters experience.
Here are four myths to erase from our frame of thought as we think through our calling in life.
- A ‘real’ calling can only be achieved through one goal. You hear it all the time, “My real calling is to have a certain role at my company, or be a stay-at-home spouse or a leader in the community.” The truth is, calling doesn’t only apply to one area of our lives – it’s all-inclusive. As a matter of fact, I’ve learned God calls many of us to simply lead in everything we do.
- Calling is something you chase overtime. Calling starts now. Look around you. Who are the people in your life you believe God is asking you to reach out to? What are some ways you can spend your time influencing your workplace? Calling is how we treat our co-workers, how we manage our time spent between work and family, it even has to do with how we spend our downtime.
- Calling is about your happiness. Nehemiah, Daniel, Esther… the list goes on and on of biblical leaders who were called into dangerous and uncertain acts of bravery. As workplace leaders, we could be called to move to another state for our job, lead a team of people who we have no idea how to lead or perhaps leave a job to pursue something totally different.
- You can easily screw up your calling with one wrong decision. No matter what decisions you make in life, it’s never too late to answer God’s calling in your life. Don’t agree? Read the story of Jonah – a perfect example of how a man deliberately ran away from God’s will and eventually changed his mind.
It’s time to take the mystery out of calling and simply go where God leads us to go.