The other day I had a conversation with my boss. We were both in the office at the same time, which is pretty rare. He was flipping through a copy of work related magazine and saw an article about family camps, (his ministry specialty) he paused, gazed at the article and then said, “Man, I was asked to help with writing this. You know I used to do more–write things like this all the time, being more involved, I was always working. And now….” he drifted off. “I just don’t have time. I only have a few more years with my kids at home and I just can’t waste it.”
We moved on quickly to talk about other things, but that conversation impacted me. It revealed his priorities. And it challenged me with this question…
Am I living on mission?
Today I was thinking about people in the Bible….people like Elijah and John the Baptist and Esther and Nehemiah–people who were called by God to do incredible things. Armed with a clear mission and calling from God they conquered kingdoms, rebuilt walls, challenged apathy. But I wonder if they ever questioned their mission.
Was it “the right fit”?
What would people think?
Was their mission fulfilling?
I wholeheartedly believe that God has entrusted each of us with a mission here on earth. A calling. No matter how big and scary or small and mundane it may seem.
So here is the encouragement:
Stay true to your calling. It is all too easy to drift off course…to miss the calling in all the other worthy pursuits. It would have been easy for my boss to fill his calendar with good things: writing for magazines, serving on committees, speaking at conferences.
Luke 10:40 “But Martha was distraced with much serving…but the Lord answered her, ” Martha, Martha you are anxious and troubled about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen the good portion which will not be taken away from her.”
Your calling may be seasonal. I’ve found this to be true this past year as a mom. I’ve had a calling shift. I’ve had to let go of some things–good things even, ministry things–so I can focus on my current calling of raising my daughter and being a support to my husband. I know it won’t always be like this, so I am embracing this quieter, home-centered season.
Esther 4:14 “ For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”
Embrace your season.
Trust God to equip you for what He has called you. You are not the first person to feel overwhelmed or ill equipped (or even *gasp* dissatisfied) with the calling. And here’s the thing. Your calling? It is too much. It’s bigger than you can handle. That’s kind of the point.
2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Rest in His power.
Choose the best, embrace the season, and rest in His power.
And know that we are all in this together: figuring out our mission and then trying to live true to them is hard soul work. It’s much easier to be busy and distracted. So let’s encourage and help each other.
Hebrews 13:20-21 “Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.”
What do you think is your “calling” at this point in your life? Do you find it easy or hard to stay “on mission”?