More excellent writing that I've come across...
Shaun Groves in his post, Bonus Room Do Over, gives this helpful advice on finding God's will for your life. The entire post is definitely worth a read.
"Whatever you decide to do for a living, decide to love God more than yourself, love the poor and the sick and the hopeless more than your own happiness, love the intern as much as the boss, love your kids more than a promotion, love your wife more than your laptop. This is God’s will for your entire life. To pull this off you’ll need to buy as little as you can. The more stuff you own the more you’ll feel you have to work, the more depressed you’ll be when work isn’t fun, and the more you’ll equate God’s will with what you do for work, and the less time you’ll have to discover all the other things life is supposed to be about."
Robbymac continues with some excellent points about how we view our "calling" in relation to our vocation or occupation in his post, Calling & Identity.
"Part of the problem, I think, is that too many people – myself included – confuse a sense of “calling” with “that from which I receive a paycheque”. For example, if you view your “calling” as being a full-time, financially-compensated clergy-unit, and then the church down-sizes you, suddenly an identity crisis of biblical proportions hits you like a proverbial camel train.
If I make “being a paid pastor” my “calling”, then I could lose my sense of calling and identity depending on whether or not I had a vocational financially-compensated placement in a pastoral role. And my calling and identity would be in the hands of whatever people held the power of hiring and firing.
However, if my calling and identity is that of an encourager, I can do that with or without a position, title, recognition, notoriety, or paycheque. And my calling and identity would be in the hands of Someone far greater."
Good stuff Robby and Shaun!
An early post of mine, Be What You Are, contained some thoughts along this theme.
"Go ahead and be what you are. Let the life of Christ be expressed through you in the ways that are in your heart, not worrying about whether your giftings carry a title. If it is in your heart to mentor and shepherd, don't wait for someone to call you an elder or pastor. Go ahead and serve with the giftings that are in you."
'Be what you are' is a phrase I continue to use to remind myself and others to live out what is in our heart in spite of obstacles or doubts. When we find that place of God-given identity within, we can live into that with confidence, regardless of whether we receive recognition. There is no one or nothing that can ultimately prevent you from living out what you truly are.