We all have a number of things we want to do and accomplish in our lives, but there are many reasons we can’t do it all. One reason is we simply don’t have time to do everything we want. Another reason is we don’t have the ability or capacity to do everything. And the third reason that Ben pointed out this past weekend is that if we say yes to everything, it will negatively impact our ability to do what we were created to do best— our calling.
When we realize our calling, and how our gifts and abilities help us accomplish it, we should maximize our efforts toward this purpose. How do we do that? We sharpen our “no,” because a Purpose-Filled NO creates space for an IMPACTFUL YES.
Today we will look at the first step in sharpening our “no”: writing a calling statement. A calling is a strong urge toward something; it is the mission or purpose for your life.
To write your statement, first take the time to pray. Ask God for wisdom and clarity about the purpose he has for you and how it will glorify him. Thank him for who he is and for the uniqueness he has created in and for you.
Write about your story, your passions, and your dreams. As you think about your story, start with uncovering. What important transitions and important events have happened? Then think about challenges. How have they clarified your mission? Once you have processed this, write a one sentence statement that will help you focus on your calling. It does not have to be perfect today. This may take time to develop.
If you go through this journey of writing out your calling statement, you will benefit from the adventure it takes to get there.
I am not quite sure what my calling statement is yet, but I am figuring it out with you and using this as a step to trust and lean on God more. I encourage you to do the same.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding 6 but acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.
What important thread in your life has given you the most purpose?
Why do you think the journey is difficult?
What do you have a hard time saying no to, even though it does not give you purpose?
Take this next week to process through your story, then write out your statement.
Share it with someone.
Post it somewhere where you see it as a reminder every day.
God, you have a purpose for our lives that is meant to glorify you. I pray that through my uniqueness and story I will always be mindful of your calling for my life. That through this statement, I will think about the role I can play in other people’s lives. It is a hard process, but I don’t want to miss out on the most important part of an adventure. God, you never said faith, or the adventure, would be easy, but I believe that it is worth it. In Jesus’ name, amen!
This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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