Trading Goals & Resolutions for a Calling
New year. New goals. New focus. New energy. Right now everything feels new and shiny.
Those of us over the ripe ole age of about 12 know that shiny wears off.
We take off with gusto. We might say this year I’m going to spend more time reading my Bible. First thing every morning I’m going to read the amount I’ve pre-determined before I do anything else. And we do. Until the first day we’re running late, or the baby is up sick all night, or our alarm doesn’t go off, or any other excuse pops up that disrupts the routine for the first time usually around the 7th or 8th of January.
Once we miss that first time, we don’t seem to notice the second miss. Before we know what’s happened, we’ve skipped a week’s worth of Bible reading. Now if feels like your so far behind you’ll never catch up. So, instead of picking up where you left off and just continuing on, you quit. Straight up, give up, and do no more.
It isn’t just Bible reading, is it?
Getting healthy? Eating? Exercising? Writing a book? Decluttering? Chasing a dream? Going back to school? Looking for a new job? Improving your relationships? Quitting smoking? Starting a non-profit? The list could go on and on.
But let me ask a tough question.
How many of the goals we set are spur of the moment ‘I need something to work on this year and have been thinking about…’ ideas versus God given callings?
Sure, quitting smoking is a GREAT idea. It is best for your health. It can give you a great testimony. It will set a positive example for others. But if you’re chasing that demon on your own without the leading of the Holy Spirit, well, maybe your time would be better spent trying to catch Bigfoot.
Would God actually call us to do some of the things we would put on that list? Like decluttering? Does God call people to do that?
Yes. Declutter people. Declutter activities. Declutter thoughts. Declutter stuff. God calls people to do all kinds of things. Not just be a preacher. We’ve got to move past that kind of thinking.
God is calling each of us to do something. It may be something that we think is basic like decluttering, or it could be something as big as stepping out and starting a new ministry speaking and teaching large scale audiences about the love of God and how to live the life they have been called to live.
Regardless the size of the calling, God is calling you to do something very specific right now. It might not, probably isn’t actually, be the same thing He was calling you to do in 2014. It might not be the same thing He was calling you to do yesterday. His call today is the one you are supposed to answering.
We need to let go of the things we never got around to and find out what we’re supposed to be doing right now.
God has been speaking one word to me for the past couple months. One obnoxious, uncomfortable, not completely defined word.
I’ve already blogged about my conversations with Him about that word. You can read about that here. So I won’t go into it again.
I know what I’m supposed to do. It makes me uncomfortable because it isn’t defined. I don’t know what it’s supposed to look like in the end.
Obviously I’m not Solomon and I haven’t been chosen to build a temple, but I have been called (chosen) to write. By God Himself.
Whether I have the blueprint laid out in front of me or not, I need to take this calling seriously. I need to be strong and do the work.
Do the work. Notice it doesn’t say sit around and plan it out for years upon years. Notice it doesn’t say hire others to get it done. Notice it doesn’t say make a pro con list. It just says to buck up and get it done.
Unless the Lord builds the house the laborers are wasting their time.
I am His laborer. He has given me a job to do and I am expected to take it seriously and get it done.
No more excuses. No need for fear–this is His house from His plans and He is in control!
Do you have a goal or a resolution that you need to trade in for a God-given calling? You don’t have to wait until January 1st, 2016 to try again. Do it now. Hand over the off the cuff idea to the one who holds all the answers.
Let me know what your calling is so I can pray for you. If you aren’t sure, let me know that so I can pray that God will reveal His will for you in a mighty way that no one could mistake.
Let’s do this together!
Until tomorrow friends.