Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Called

In this life, we are all called to something. No, it may not be something great, on the contrary, it may be a job others would consider lowly or insignificant. Some are called to be pastors, mothers, teachers, caregivers of the sick or elderly, and yes, even authors. The question is, will you accept your calling, no matter how mundane it may be, no matter how difficult, regardless of how many rejection letters you must face? Are you willing to give up your dream to follow your calling?

Oof. . .tricky one, huh?

I asked myself that question not too long ago. Truth is, we tend to be a selfish lot. We have our hopes, our dreams and aspirations, but how do they line up with God's plan? Did He plant that dream or is it our own selfish desire? Is that dream meant for our glory or His?

1 Corinthians 7:17 says, "Nevertheless, each one should retain the place in life that the Lord assigned to him and to which God has called him. . ."

2 Peter 1:10 adds this, "Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall."

As I struggled with my WIP, unable to find the right words, not sure which direction my characters needed to go, I came to a point where I had to lay it all before God and ask Him if I was wasting my time. Though I felt that God had indeed called me to writing, I began to doubt. I mean, if this is what I was supposed to be doing, why didn't the words just flow onto the page? Why was it so difficult?

Pushing my own desires aside, I was ready to relinquish my writing, my passion, knowing that if God had other plans for me, I could be happy in doing His will. To my delight, God affirmed my writing by leading me to the end of a chapter I had been working on for two weeks. Did you catch that? That I had been working on, not Him. He took that chapter someplace I'd never even considered.

With my passion renewed, God informed me that He was taking me away from writing for a time. Being the gracious, loving Father that He is, He quickly assured me that it was only for time. That I had other things I had to concentrate on right now. I can't wait to get back to writing, but for now, I'm content. Content in doing what He's called me to do right now.

What had God called you to? Does it line up with your dreams or is it something you never expected? Please share.

6 comments:

  1. YOU are being called to Ohio............like this week, and your Mother says your not coming ???? PLease tell me she was wrong, I think you missed your calling !

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  2. Christy,

    HELP me...............Kick my cousins butt for me,,,Im not talking to her.

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  3. okay all--Cousin Wendy is mad because I'm not going to Ohio Memorial Day weekend for our family reunion.
    I told her I was sorry...I just can't work it out right now. She doesn't want to hear the reasons and I don't blame her.
    But Mindy wrote this....not Lindi..

    And Mindy,
    Yes. I do believe we are all called to things in life. I've wondered about my writing. A lot. I've wondered if I'm wasting my time, but like you, every time I think that something unexpected happens. Maybe I just haven't fully given it all to Him, yet.
    I respect your decision to step back for a while. I know you'll be fully revived when you get back to it.

    Thanks for a great post.

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  4. I believe that what we are called to do burns inside of us until we do it or the flames are doused by inaction. I believe when we do what we are meant to do and become what God set out for us that then, and only then, will we feel the fulfillment that is nectar to our souls. Sometimes, we get mixed up because God takes us down a path to learn something we will need. But we are so busy making a fuss that we can't hear him. Kind of like getting a wound cleaned so we'll feel better or pouting when mom made us go into town with her, but there was ice cream at the end of the ride. We just didn't know it when the ride started. It can be a little embarrassing when the obvious becomes, well, obvious:-)
    Angie

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  5. Mindy,
    I'm glad you're able to hear what He tells you. That's sometimes the hardest part of all. Good post and something I can totally relate to.

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  6. Mindy, it sounds like you needed a little vacation, and God gave you permission. You have a ton going on in your life right now--graduation alone is so time consuming--so I'm sure it made it hard to write. Not only is the writing a calling, but it's also a job, a business (for me, anyway), and we all need a little vacation from our jobs!

    So enjoy your time. Enjoy your daughter's big day. God will put you back to work soon enough. :)

    Missy

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