With the life-pause of lockdown has come time and space to think, reflect, and ask ourselves the big questions that the routines of work, studies, and commuting can often drown out. It’s pretty precious. ☺️
Many of us are taking this time-out season to ask ourselves questions about where we’re at in life, where we’ve been, and where we’d like to be. I’m so grateful to God for the time for reflection He’s provided during this season. One of my personal campaigns (self-development challenges I set myself now and then) for 2020 is all about discovering my unique calling and walking in it.
Last month you guys said you would like the lowdown on how I’m going about this so you can join me too. So, here it is. Grab your notebook and pen. Let’s go!
The Most Important Step
It goes without saying that the number one way to discover why you were created is to consult your creator. Think of any piece of technology – no matter how high or low you search, no matter who you ask, no one will be able to articulate its unique purpose and goal better than the person who thought it up and had the vision for it in the first place. They more than anyone know the ‘why’ behind it. God knows your ‘why’. So ask Him.
Our years on this earth are numbered, and seasons like this difficult outbreak, where there is a large focus on loss of life, highlight this greatly. Tomorrow is not promised. The good news is: once you’re in the habit of consulting God about why He created you, you can ensure you use those tomorrows you do have — those years ahead of you – to the full, to create something that outlasts you and blesses others. One of my favourite verses currently is John 15:16, which reads:
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you.John 15:16
God wants you to bear fruit that outlasts your life. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want people to say about you when your time on earth comes to an end? What do you want to leave for your children and the generations to come?
So step one? Pray about it. Ask God. As Pastor Rick Warren says, think about your SHAPE (spiritual gifts, heart, abilities, personality and experiences), and bring those things before God. See what He says.
Date Days with God
Another tip I can give you that’s really been helping me: one of my key habits for discovering my calling this year is monthly ‘date days’ with God, where I block out the first Saturday of every month for a day devoted entirely to spending time with God and dreaming with God.
For instance, last time I created my first ever vision board of what I wanted for my future career, family, ministry etc. I’ve never done that before and while it was scary at first (as I didn’t have much to write in some areas), by the end of the day it was full of dreams. I really encourage you to do this, and use the ‘Fulfilling your Purpose’ Bible Plan recommended below to help you. It guides you through the process to creating a beautiful vision board.
9 Bible Plans for Finding your calling
It can be super helpful to use a Bible Plan as a guide on the journey to thinking more about your purpose and calling. Below are some of the ones I’ve completed on the YouVersion Bible app (more on this here) and can highly recommend. The ones in bold and with asterisks at the end have been my absolute favourites, especially the one by Guillermo Maldonado, which basically spells out 9 keys to your calling.
All of them are excellent and have helped me immensely; they are all worth looking into. ☺️
- You and Your Dream by Bruce Wilkinson
- Your Date Day with Destiny by Jean Keys
- Your Hobby may be your Calling with Bruce Wilkinson
- Dream Big (Wilkinson)
- 5 Mysteries of your Destiny by Ryan LeStrange*
- Created for Purpose by Guillermo Maldonado*. This one is excellent and gives 9 clear pointers to really sussing out what YOUR calling is. I think this one is an excellent one to begin your journey with!
- Discover Your Purpose
- Fulfilling your purpose*. This one is brilliant as it guides you step by step to creating your dream/vision board! It also had a great final devotional on the importance of focusing on relationship (with God) rather than results, and always ensuring God is your fuel.
- Daring Faith by Rick Warren*. This one is great for every day life but has a brilliant section on discovering your SHAPE (as mentioned above) and calling.
So, there you have it. I pray this has given you some useful tools and pointers to get started on your journey to discovering your calling. I’m on this journey with you, and while it may be a lifelong one, I pray God grants you crystal-clear clarity and direction on your immediate next steps and His dream for your life. They are good and beautiful. Amen. ♥️
See you in May.
Main Photo: Peter Conlan
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