For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight,I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Tim 4:6-7
In the last two editions of this blog, we talked about finding and following your calling. But then there is a need to fulfil your calling in life.
To fulfil is to live it out; to get to the top and bottom of it. It is to explore everything there is to it. It is to become all that you’re capable of becoming. It is living your life to the max. It is dying empty.
And that is what the man quoted above did, the biblical Paul. He intentionally took the Gospel round the then known Greco-Roman world. Hear him speak:
I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done— by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:18-19
Fulfilling your calling will take 3 things. Firstly, PASSION. No one gets to the top of their trade without passion. It is what drives them. It is what keeps them going against all odds. The passion to win; to make it; to reach the top. Jesus was not any different. One day, his disciples were worried that he wasn’t eating even though he was hungry. Jesus told them: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” (John 4:34). Wow!
The world recently lost a great athlete in the person of Kobe Bryant. In one of the quotes attributed to him, Kobe said: “People just don’t understand how obsessed I am with winning.”
Secondly, PLAN. You need a game plan. No one wins accidentally. You can’t sustain that. You’ve got to task yourself. You’ve got to set goals and standards for yourself. You’ve got to hold yourself to higher standard than normal. You’ve got to spell out how you want to arrive at the height of your game. For example, how many books do you want to read or write every year?
And lastly, PRACTICE. You’ve got to get down to work. You’ve got to do it, day or night; in pain or pleasure; in summer or winter. You’ve got to keep at it. Many of us are living well below capacity. We’re doing far below what God has wired us to do. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, a Quebecer who is both a practicing medical doctor and a NFL professional footballer recently said: “Sometimes you need two separate things to realize your full potential.” I love that.
But the key point is not in doing many, it is doing it to the max. It is doing it with all that you have. It is putting all of yourself into it.