Living your calling

We are whole people, complex people, people who fulfill our callings within the whole setting of circumstances, problems and relationships that constitute what it means to be a Christian.

I frequently pondered life and my purpose for being alive prior to being saved by my Lord and Savior, Jesus. The life purpose question constantly begged to be answered every moment I had thought. After I became a Christian, that question changed into a more specific one. What is my calling in life by God? It is the question that many people spend their entire life asking of God and not realizing the answer is here before us.

We live in a world of milestones and feats. We track our success by how well we are doing against technical standards, other people’s feats, and dreams quantified by the number of people sitting in room. In the same manner, we quantify our calling by a specific vocation. The misconception in our calling with God is that it is a title, position, or place that fulfills it. However, God’s calling in our lives is not a fixed point in time, but a journey we take our whole lives. God uses our various areas to remind us that our lives are a race we must run as to win the prize (1 Cor. 9:24). Every aspect of our lives contributes to the whole calling we have and is the essence of the race we are to run. Our prize is not an executive title, a people-filled stadium of fans, or profit-margins on our products. Our prize is Christ and our calling is fulfilled by our whole lives, not just a single section of it.

Our prize is not an executive title, a people-filled stadium of fans, or profit-margins on our products. our prize is christ and Our calling is fulfilled by our whole lives, not just a single section of it.

Sometimes, we get caught up in focusing on only sections of our lives to be part of our walk as Christians. However, every aspect of our lives is a leg of the great race we run. We are meant to run every part of it. We have assignments and roles to live out. David was anointed to reign as king many years before being a king. Even when David was king, he was still called to be a husband, a father, and leader in many areas of his life. His calling did not stop at being king over a certain group of people.

There is nothing wrong with having dreams, aspirations, and goals. Though, we cannot focus so much on those goals that we treat everything else as lesser. God gives us a call that works within every aspect of our life. The friends we have, the family we are apart of, the church we serve in, and the job we have are all within His call and will for us. Do not overlook what God has given you to steward and be part of.

Leanna Wisniewski