Today’s post is an excerpt from my free ebook, Sustainable Change. It’s been revised and given a new title and I thought I’d share a section of it with you.
“The Glory of God is man fully alive.” Saint Irenaeus
I found that the questions I was trying to answer were ones I already had. They were hidden in memories, tucked away in events or compliments that I tried to shake off. I found them in the talents I had taken for granted and traits that I had learned to disdain.
My desires were also a big part of it. There’s an awesome quote that says, “What you most want to do is what you ought to do.” And I believe it.
I have always had the desire to take care of others and have always found myself saying, “There has to be a better way.” And I just can’t stop myself from telling people what I learn, or taking that knowledge and creating something new and useful with it.
The thing about your calling is that it can manifest itself in many, many ways. It’s discovering who you are, not what job you should have or business you should build. When you have an idea of who you are and what you love to do in every situation, you can apply that to any role you choose.
For instance, after much introspection and prayer, I realized that there is an overall theme in my life. I was trying to pinpoint that one thing that I should be doing and saw that there wasn’t just one thing.
I’m passionate about many things, and they all converge on the common themes of wellness and going deeper to the root of the problem. And when I approach those things, what I do naturally is nurture, improve, invent and teach.
I want to live out my calling through my writing, because it’s something I love to do. As I pursue it, with the intention of using it to nurture, improve, invent and teach, opportunities are presenting themselves to make it profitable.
Someday, I see myself doing these things as a midwife as well, a desire that’s been on my heart since I was a little girl. These things make me come alive and that is what this world really needs.
First, write down the desires of your heart. What do you love to do? Even if it’s something that you think is small and insignificant. What have you always wanted to do? What do you always find yourself doing? Do you see a common thread in the things that bring you joy?
Next, take some time alone to pray and think through these. Overnight is best. And it’s a good idea to do it on more than one occasion. Intentional introspection and questioning are essential in this process. Seek. Ask. Knock. Repeat.
Get It’s Your Call by Gary Barkalow, the master of helping people discover their calling. His book is available online or could be in your local or church library. I went through his Calling course in the Free Agent Academy (affiliate link), and it was the best investment I have ever made. Gary has been blessed with awesome insight into helping people discover what makes them tick.
This part of the process takes a lot of introspection. Intentionally looking into yourself is a big deal and I invite you to take your time doing it. Don’t brush over this step lightly, but don’t get hung up on it either. You can move forward while continually looking inward.
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