“Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. Acts 13:36
Last week, we talked about being yourself; being comfortable in your skin. One way to do this is to find your calling in life.
Your calling is that which is beckoning to you; the need in the world that keeps drawing your attention. That which will not let you rest. You sleep with it and it’s also your waking thoughts.
This is very important because everyone you’re trying to be like is actually following their calling. That’s why their life is so attractive and enviable. Finding your calling comes with 3 great blessings:
Firstly, you’ll find your PLACE, your own niche in life. Everyone has their place in life, though some never occupy theirs. There’s a place for you, and only following your calling in life can take you there. Michael Jordan has forever carved out his own place in life through the game of basketball; some through arts, some others through science.
Secondly, when you find your calling, it will bring you PLEASURE. Oh my, nothing gives pleasure like doing what you’re called to do in life. Nothing makes life pleasurable than doing what you’re wired to do. It’s like a fish in the water; watching it swim is even pleasurable to the eye. That’s why we put aquarium in the house.
And lastly, it will bring you PRAISE; celebrations, honor, reward, prize. Everything you’re dreaming and struggling to have or become is all locked up in your life’s calling. It opens doors and brings you opportunities in life. We call celebrities idols, because people worship them. That’s what your life calling does. Your life becomes attractive.
Your calling taps your potential. It draws on everything you’ve got—your skills, talents, ability, experience, … everything you’ve got, and you’ve been through. It brings out everything in you, and as you release that, you begin to feel relieved and satisfied. This is what brings fulfilment in life.
When this doesn’t happen, that’s when you feel you’re under pressure even though you have every reason to be happy. It’s because there are stuffs locked up inside of you that want to come out but you’re not letting them.
Now, some people confuse their job with their calling though it can be sometimes. Your job can earn you a living but only your calling can truly give you a life. I close with the words of Steve Jobs:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”