Let’s go back to – Catalina Islands…for a sec
One of the most fascinating creatures on God’s green earth that I met was Jesse.
Meet Jesse – (So cool)
Jesse is an epiphany. She redefines coolness. She had that cool, colorful, Malibu groove going on. She is graceful, calm, charming, lovely, wise, intuitive, respectful and one fine sister who really loves Jesus. Don’t judge. Just bragging about Jesse is all.
While facing the beach we engaged in a conversation to inquire why we were each glowing. And no…it wasn’t love at first sight or last sight (though if Jesus made it possible…okay…I should stop now). Just kidding.
We swapped stories and compliments. Then, Jesse shared her dilemma. She didn’t know what her calling was. She wanted to know what it is God was inspiring her to do and how to do it. She was a sophomore in college but wasn’t sure what to chose for a major. I listened and we just talked and swapped experiences. Then, our talk went something like this – Continue reading
In my previous post, Clues to Your Calling, I referred to an article, The Call, written by Rabbi Sacks in which he shared the four characteristics to discovering your calling.
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I often had questions. How do I differentiate between what I am good at, what I do, and what I am called to do?
That was a hard question for me to answer. I love stories and in his talk, Rabbi Sacks told shared a personal revelation which resonated with me. He said –
“I have known great judges who were also brilliant pianists.
Wittgenstein trained as an aeronautical engineer but eventually dedicated his life to philosophy.
Ronald Heifetz qualified as a doctor and a musician but instead became the founder of the School of Public Leadership at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
We can be good at many things, but what gives a life direction and meaning is a sense of mission, of something we are called on to do.”
And what is the real test for a calling?
“The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves” ~ Logan Pearsall
All real achievement requires back-breaking preparation. The most common estimate is 10,000 hours of deep practice.
Are you willing to pay this price?
~ Rabbi Sacks
Keep it 100
One love, One Spirit
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Call (Vayikra 5778), Rabbisacks.org
A calling is a vocation, something other, from your day job or what you do everyday. A calling is God’s call to you from the future. He is already there, sees you as He knows you are capable of becoming if you say – yes – to his ultimate adventure.
It means in your “book of destiny”, God is on Page 898 and seeing you at page 127 is saying to at Page 127,
“Hey there! I know you don’t know me or know what will happen in your life. But, if you focus on this mighty task which I would like for you to consider pursuing in additional to all your other responsibilities and life in general, and if you calibrate your compass to follow this divine map, you’ll meet me on page 898 in the future. Along the way, you will experience me, meet or get to know my Son, and receive help from my Spirit. Are you in?”
When God calls you, it means you are not there yet. You are not that person yet. You are not “it” yet. It means you have a ways to go. But, here’s the sad thing – Continue reading