The Next Step to Discovering Your Calling

I remember when I was younger and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I considered being a pastor, a veterinarian, a military chaplain, a Navy SEAL, a conservation officer, a teacher, an evangelist, and many other vocations. I kept thinking to myself that I wanted to just do what God wanted me to do, but the problem was that it wasn’t clear to me.

via Flickr Creative Commons, Sylvia McFadden

via Flickr Creative Commons, Sylvia McFadden

I’ve had great successes and colossal failures. A series of opened and closed doors bring us to these points in life. The question then becomes, “Now what?” Here is the next step you must take to discover your calling…

The key to discovering your calling is to grow where you’re planted. Life is a journey, not a destination. It’s a series of open and closed doors; of victories and disappointments; moments of clarity and confusion.

But don’t worry. There are things you can do while waiting for things to develop…Develop yourself.

  1. Change your mindset. Even if you’re not doing what you hope to be doing one day doesn’t mean that your current situation is pointless. You’re being prepared for something great. Soak in the present. Be conscious of the lessons you’re gleaning. Understand that this moment, the one you’re in right now, will make you a better leader one day.
  2. Take self-discipline seriously. You are laying the foundation for your future opportunities. The storms of life will never be so strong as when you’re out front in a leadership role. If you have not established yourself as a person of dedication and integrity, these troubled times will destroy more than your company; they may also destroy your reputation and those you care the most about.
  3. Serve others. Life is not about you. It’s not about you achieving great things. It’s about you helping others in lasting and meaningful ways. Don’t wait until you’re in a leadership position to start caring about people. Start now, and your leadership will develop into genuine love for all people.

I could be wrong, but I’m beginning to think that God doesn’t always have a plan as to what we do as much as who we are. What I mean is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re leading a staff of thousands, a family of four, or just yourself. What he really cares about is creating a person who values the gift of the present, who is daily taking steps to become more like Christ, and who authentically loves others.

Question: Are you living in the will of God for your life at this moment? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section. Maybe we can learn from each other.

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