Have you been in a situation where you want to take a leap in your life but you don’t where to start. You want to make your life intentional but don’t know your calling.
I stumbled upon an interesting comment this week. A guy wanted to know how to discover his calling. He had resigned from his high paying job because he wanted to enjoy freedom and experience something bigger to make a mark in the world. Unfortunately, he was not getting this experience from his current job.
The topic about finding your calling has been on for ages. Google this topic and you will see ebooks, tips and articles, created to address this issue.
I have even attended seminars and listened to speakers reveal the magic formula of how to discover your calling. Yet, people still don’t know what they were born to do. Some people who feel that they have discovered their calling later become disappointed and have to go back to the drawing board.
So I decided to share my thoughts on this issue. Now some of the things I will be saying, might not click with you; please do make your comments.
The Concept of Finding Your Calling is Misleading
You have heard it said and preached that each man was born to do a certain thing or that if you are so passionate about your vocation, then that’s your calling.
The problem with this concept is that it limits the potential of humans. It’s like saying that only mothers are designed to take care of kids and we all know that it ain’t accurate.
This concept puts man in an uneasy mode when it comes to making a decision in his career; he believes that he needs to make a perfect choice.
In reality, there are a lot of activities that can become your vocation or calling.
So why is it that the world has embraced the concept of a perfect career or one big goal? I don’t have the whole story but one thing I can point out is that there is an association between calling and success which causes anxiety in man.
In a way, it seems logical; if you are called to be a teacher, then you will definitely have passion and be very successful in the field which is why it’s not surprising that people are changing careers frequently;everyone is looking for a perfect career.
Finding Your Call is a Choice
There is this story of an old man who was so wise that people would come from surrounding villages just to listen his wisdom. A young boy decided to play a trick on this man to test his wisdom.
So he captured a butterfly and took it to the old man. The old man on seeing the boy asks, “little boy, what troubles you”? The boy replied, “I want you to tell me if the butterfly in my hand is dead or alive”.
Now the boy had devised a plot that If the old man replied that the butterfly was alive, he would crush the butterfly in his hands, so that when he opened his hands the butterfly would be dead; if the old man replied however that the butterfly was dead, the boy would open his hands and let the butterfly fly away free.
So no matter what the old man said, the student would prove him wrong. The old man looks at this boy and replies ”Son, whether the butterfly is dead or alive, it depends on you. It’s in your hands!”
So here is the thing; read the message below and know that you hold in your hands the future of your life.
Your Calling is An Expression Or An Interest.
When we remember legends who have made a significant impact in our world, it is easy to draw a conclusion that they found their calling but if you look closer, you will discover that these legends were driven by their interest; they wanted to solve problems.
Take Leonardo da Vinci for instance, he was a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer or Nikola Tesla who was an inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist. These men did not limit themselves to a perfect career but they wanted to be a blessing to humanity. They exploited their gifts in every area that their mind could reach and grasp.
If you have an interest or maybe more than one interest; if there is something in you begging to be expressed, that is your calling. We all don’t have the same interests; there are some problems that can be solved by you. Don’t limit yourself to one ability, exploit all your talents.
So think about all these points and here is a question; Do you think every man is called to do a specific thing on earth?