How does one find out what their calling, their vocation, or their destiny is?
This is a question I battled with and sometimes still battle with.
It is quite a journey and for me it has been hard and it has taken me over 8 years to put – some of it – together. In the beginning, it was blurry. I just knew what page God was on in my book of life and destiny and where in the future he was calling from.
But, like Father Abraham, I had no idea what to do, where to go, or how to go about it. It was a cold call – cold turkey.
My journey has been about learning the nuances of “God’s call to us” and sharing the process. It has involved stepping out of myself to see the work and the hand of the divine working on myself while doing life myself.
It now involves sharing what I have experienced to be the MOST IMPORTANT pieces to keep in mind or work with in order to help friends, family, and others make that practical shift and take action not on their own, but as a community.
That’s why I started this blog.
Recently, while listening to Rabbi Sacks discussing a weekly bible portion on Leviticus, he shared some thoughts and clues to identifying your vocation which I thought was awesome. I saw myself in the process. In his article, he quoted the late Michael Novak in, Business as a Calling: work and the examined life, shared these four characteristics to identifying your calling: Continue reading
And…Its all about timing
I know, I know…sounds like marlarkey – meaningless talk, nonsense…! But, I assure you, it isn’t it.
In the previous post, Your Calling vs. Your Mission, I shared the following quote:
Improving the world around us comes before perfecting our own inner world ~ Mendel Kalmenson
Then I asked the question –
Did you notice the twist in that quote? Well, did you?
Its true. Transformation begins on the inside before it can be expressed on the outside. It only makes sense to work on yourself first before you work on the world. One must blow the flames of God’s word and God’s call in their souls first so that the heat of their fire can bring warmth to those around them.
Do you have to “perfect” yourself first to before improving the world around you? When a house is on fire, anyone who can carry a bucket of water to put out the flame is required to. Continue reading
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
Listen! You are light and you are life. You cannot be hidden. Bloom! Shine!
Jesus said that “You are the light of the world” and “A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
If the light of the world lives in you, that makes you light too. If the one called wonderful dwells in you, that makes you wonderful too. But –
So what? How does it help your people and the community that you are life, light, and wonderful?
Making decisions is a humbling process, especially if they’re are BIG. Great leaders (Churchill, MLK, Gandhi, Mandela) all had to do it. For it’s in the moment of decision that our destiny is shaped!
You are a great leader. But you have to make big decisions to become great ~ Ish’mael (Destiny Class)
1.) Interestingly, BIG decisions come with equal part sense of EXCITEMENT and TERROR. Like making a big investment, proposing to a loved one, moving to a new city or starting a new venture.
It’s hard to be INDIFFERENT when making these big decisions. If you are truly indifferent, then the decision is probably not big enough. Continue reading