Your Calling May NOT Be in Your Job (and why that's okay!)
Your calling may not be in YOUR JOB.
Do you hear me yet?
Your calling may not be in YOUR JOB.
Example: tons of people graduate from college with a certain degree/specialization/certification/etc. They are certain that they are headed towards where God has called them to be. Then things happen. Jobs happen. Interests change. Environment is different. People change jobs and then they do not "feel it". And this can continue for years.
Your calling may not be in YOUR JOB. Here is why...................
If the ONLY FULFILLMENT you encounter in life is when you are winning at work, you will never experience peace and joy. If you think your job is where you will find your purpose, you could be badly mistaken. Many folks equate their job to a calling. And you may not. And this is OKAY!!! Your job might be just a source of income. This is okay!!! But do the job well!!!
When you are going to a job that is not in your "calling", you still need to do that job well. Do the work like you are doing God's work. Because our labor is a witness to how we view God. Work hard. And go home. And find your calling. Your calling will be uniquely your own. Maybe your calling is in doing ministries at church. It may be in the outreach you are doing in the city. Your calling might be doing online ministries (cough cough) that also morph into ministry in local coffee shoppes (again-cough cough!).
But let's address some of the comfy folks. Just because you are doing something "for God" does not mean it is producing fruit. Are you going through the motions in your ministry or are you actually helping people experience healing? Longevity in one place does not mean productivity. It could mean you are a chameleon---blending into the scenery around you while never really changing yourself or others.
This is why there are so many stagnant churches and Christian people. We get comfortable. That pew is mine. The pastor's time is mine. That worship song is one my (insert relative) always sang at baptisms. Things start to become all about ME and less about Him (God). Then we walk around like we are top dog.
Your job may not be what you imagined when you earned that college degree or got promoted (or demoted). We have to ask ourselves the following:
1. What can I learn from the past? Was it God's plan (what happened in the past) or did others (or myself) force the life that I am currently living in. Be honest. Accept responsibility for what is yours. And ask for vision to see where you were wronged too.
2. In the present time, am I operating in my sweet spot? If so, great. If not, then why not? What do you really expect to get out of this job? Remember, some jobs are temporary and some for a longer period. Ask yourself if your expectations out of this job are real.
3. Where am I headed in the future? Will I stay in this current field? Will I operate in a different job in this field that is more like my gifts and strengths?
We can do God's work anywhere. Your job might not look like an opportunity to do "God's work" but you are already DOING God's work when you work hard, help others at work, and do work in an ethical manner. Your calling is in where you feel most used by God to bring my love, hope, and healing to others. Don't get caught in the "I am just a mom, just a dad, just a laborer". You are called to more.
Spend some time with God asking Him to clarify for you the difference between your job and your calling. The two may be the same or entirely different. Does not matter. What matters is focusing on God and operating on your sweet spot.