Have you had someone poke you in the eye?
It really hurts.
Your eye starts watering, you can’t do anything but blink, and you want to cry but your too busy trying to put your eye back. Will Smith could have walked in the room but you don’t care. You just got poked in the eye.
There are certain words that make me cringe. I don’t think people need to stop saying these words, but they are strange. Im going to tell you two I believe are the most odd… to me.
I had a new friend ask me out for drinks last night, and we talked for a long time. We talked about each other’s past, current life, and future. We, well at least I did, had fun. We sat around a common table with others and talked. Said sentences combined with real feelings, and vulnerability. Not crazy, but it was just a normal conversation. But I left feeling encouraged and loved. We also talked about “calling”.
I have never felt “called” to anything, or anyone but Christ. I don’t understand anything different. Doing YoungLife brings me closer to Jesus, and so I continue to do it. It stretches me, builds me up, tears apart my ego, and allows me to be human. If YoungLife stops being these things I will quit. It gives me freedom, brings me peace, and lets me love people.
But, I think we get poked in the eye with certain words. They hinder us from doing what Jesus calls us to. If you get poked in the eye by the word “calling”, you will never do anything. When you continue to focus on if it is your “calling” or not, you become stuck. You miss what God could be doing in front of you. He will pass right by. If we can focus on drawing close to Jesus, making Him our focus, we can do many things. I do not believe there is only one specific, perfect, amazing, life-giving vocation or “calling”. He may call you in, or out, or through circumstances, but it usually is to get you to Himself.
This may be confusing, and muddy, but my hope is for you, (Mostly myself) to realize it isn’t about what, but who. We can become stuck on the what, and we miss who is moving, loving, and pursuing lives all the time.
If you feel as though you do not know your “calling”, stop. Stop focusing on having a calling, and start going. Just go do stuff. You will find most of life is to get us to see past ourselves, and circumstances, to the feet of Jesus.
I don’t like the phrase “loving on” because it seems graphic and gross…. That’s just me, so I am sorry if you are offended. You can love me, but just don’t “love on” me.
Who are you called to?
Can we be called to a person, and not necessarily a vocation?
Can we go out and know we are created to do freely whatever may give us life as long as we do it for Him?
Lets talk about this