Welcome to podcast number 100! That's one podcast every single week for almost two years. I'm probably the one that has grown the most!!! Please take a moment to post a review or send me some feedback or questions you would love me to engage over.... [email protected].
This episode comes at a time when I am intentionally stepping into what the last three decades have prepared me for. So here's some keys I've learned about the journey of stepping into your calling.
1. Everyone has a calling.
You were born for significance. God has a plan for you and it is good AND He prepared works ahead of time for you to step into. That may be a message you carry or a solution to a problem or a service to a person... Jeremiah is famous for quoting that God has plans for you and they are GOOD. Paul prayed that you would know the hope of your calling. Paul's own calling was a revelatory message that the gospel wasn't just for the Jews but for the gentiles also.
2. Your calling develops and refines over time.
It's important to note that even Jesus, the Son of God, grew in favor with man and in favor with God. Likewise us. What you do today with what is in our hand and with the people and circumstances that surround you is preparing and shaping (or pausing) your progress in purpose and calling.
3. Knowing the season helps navigate the process well.
Check out Tony Stoltzfus book "The Calling Journey." In it he presents practical research of a great number of biblical and current leaders and how the process to the fullness of their calling developed through a consistent number of internal and external seasons. He lists the key learning in each season knowing that in a season where God is working internal character in you, the quicker you lean in and learn, the easy(er) it is... compared to avoiding dealing with what you need to work on.
4. My journey to today and some practical application for you
I'm 47 years old today and can identify some distinct seasons of preparation. Right now I am stepping into a zone where my passion (what I love to do) and my purpose (what I'm called to do) and my proficiency (what I'm good at doing) combine with profit (what I get paid to do).
5. Your turn
Make three lists:
A The things you love to do - passion
B The things you are really good at - proficient
C The thing(s) you sense you are called to do - purpose
D The things you can get paid to do - profit
Where is there an overlap? How could you move towards better aligning profit with purpose or improving proficiency so that you can get paid for what you love to do?
I recommend doing this with a friend or mentor who can also give you some perspective as you move onwards in the journey of your calling.
Another great book to help you on your way is Dream Culture: Bringing Dreams to Life, written by my wife, Janine and I a few years ago. It's written in such a way to be a practical life-coach for you as you discover your purpose and live out who you were born to be!
Until next time!