I had the gift of knowing my call to adopt at the age of five. At age nine, I realized I had the heart to become a pastor. By age sixteen, I could see my call included starting a church. Along the way “more” of the call continued to be revealed. Each age and season of life opens the door for a revelation of more about the purpose and plan of our call.
The thing is . . . there’s a calling . . . within each one of us.
Some will go to their grave without ever realizing their purpose and “why” is beyond themselves, missing the gift of fulfillment.
It’s a great tragedy for all of humanity when an individual settles for making it through the days of their life without realizing their call. Even so, navigating life with the call at the forefront does not mean the way will be easy or perfect.
There’ve been mountains and valleys standing in the way of my call.
I’ve climbed my share of mountains, thinking I would never get beyond the mountain. When I did reach the top, I often felt the stress and pressure from the hard work of it all.
I viewed the details of the call. When I surveyed the pathway behind me, I could see how all things were used for me. I could see the presence and work of God had continued in the most challenging and difficult seasons. There’s value of making space for the ritual of surveying the path from the past, in the present, and what could be in the not-yet.
The ritual of looking at the reality of the path allows us to see the gift of being a small part of something so much bigger than ourselves.
When we survey the path closely, it’s clear our “why” connects to the “why” of others in the past, present, and future. I can only imagine the celebration of those who have come behind us and see their “why” provided a path to our “why.”
The ripple effect of our “why” is thought-provoking for the greater plan for all humanity.
One Man’s Story
It’s why I love the story of Nehemiah. In the culture of the day, there was little worth in his position. He was the guy who had to take a sip of the king’s wine to see if it had been poisoned. He was dispensable, living with the question, “Is this the day I will die?”
Nehemiah’s position opened the door to more. He became aware of something that impacted him so deeply that it would eventually dominate his life:
In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. 2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them about the Jews who had returned there from captivity and about how things were going in Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Things are not going well for those who returned to the province of Judah. They are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem has been torn down, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”
The news of the broken wall dominated Nehemiah, revealing his calling.
It’s crucial to take time to find your call.
Like Nehemiah you have a wall . . . a calling . . . your why.
Take time to survey your path.
Questions To Think On
What is your wall?
What impacts you deeply?
What changes you?
What dominates your days?
I am anticipating more for you than can be imagined as more of your “why” is revealed to you~Kerrie
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