Saturday, October 9, 2010

Recognizing Our Calling

First of all, tomorrow is the day we will announce the winner of our Annual Shoe Contest, so be sure to stop by and see if you've won or if one of your friends have won and congratulate them!

On to my blog post. So many people wonder what is their purpose in life. Are they living it? Are they missing it? Are they reaching their full potential? If not, what must they do to change things? The evidence of these thoughts are clear in the sky-rocketing sales of the inspirational book, "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren. While we are all born (and called) to live, love, worship and fellowship with God unto salvation, our journey to that destination is different, thus is the idea of each of us having our own personal destiny--life purpose.

When I was young, I would obsess over this concept. Was I being called to the ministry? I was, and so are you. As Christians, our whole life is a ministry, a witness for God regardless of where we are and what we do.

"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Cor 10:31 NKJV)

People are watching when we have a fish sign on our car and won't let someone over on the highway and when we do. Folks pay attention when we are in a busy restaurant and we take a moment to give thanks for our food. Someone will be notice when you go out of your way to speak a kind word or give a gift to a stranger or a friend. Co-workers have commented on my crystal paperweight cross on my desk and the scripture verses taped to my computer monitor. I didn't put them up "to be seen". I originally put up those scriptures as a personal reminder not to give up hope for a prayer I'd been praying for years--but it was noticed. Sometimes the most subtle things in life are our biggest witnesses for Christ.

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Cor 1:27) This is that concept where God works in mysterious ways.

So, if you feel like you aren't doing enough for God, or you haven't witnessed to anyone lately, or you aren't giving as much as you could, I'd like to encourage you to relax. Most likely you are making an impact for Christ in ways you don't realize. Sometimes all we need to do is just, be. Allow God to bring you opportunities. We don't need to go out of our way seeking opportunities every minute of every day. Sometimes we need rest. Other times, God is trying to work in someone else's life and give them a chance to bless someone.

What unexpected, but simple blessing have you received from someone lately?


  1. What a great post, Jenn. You know, my husband prefers to be called a pastor instead of minister because he says we're all ministers--just like you described it.

    To minister means to help or give aid. That's what we're called to do.

    Unexpected but simple blessing lately?? Well, the first thing I thought of was a thank note on Facebook from a student who went on the field trip that I chaperoned last week. Very sweet!

  2. Jenn,

    Like Missy said this is a great post. I do think that sometimes we feel like we're not doing enough for God. But like you said, just by being, we are making more of an impact than we think.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. Missy, I think there are lots of pastors who feel that way. How sweet that student wrote you a thank you note on FB.

  4. Lindi, I see so many people putting so much unnecessary pressure on themselves to do more and more and more. And I think God is saying, come rest in Me.