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Eric's Sunday Sermon; What Is Your Calling?
My friend here in Vietnam was called to be a police officer but is going to school to achieve a higher level of his calling.
Perhaps we have more than one calling.
We tend to think of "a" calling and that might limit many of us. Perhaps more helpful would be to ask "What is my calling today?" Let us look at this notion. Many folks think of a "calling" as some religious type of vision that we get from God that shoves us into action in a particular way. That is a fine thought but probably limits the idea of a calling. A helpful definition is something like this: a strong desire to spend your life doing a certain kind of work (such as religious work) or the work that a person does or should be doing. (thank you Meriam-Webster) So a "calling" is something that we should be doing with our lives.
I submit that this is a daily deal and that it mostly can be driven by seeing what needs to be done and doing it. Of course it presupposes an ability of some sort to do the work. We hardly think of a 14 year old building houses for the poor -- but maybe doing the fundraising. Note that I use a very young person here and there is a reason for that. Certainly a calling at 14 years old is different than our calling at 74 years old. And it would be reasonable that the calling could change from morning to morning. (do not get ahead of me here I am not speaking of whole new goals everyday but rather sometimes new directions for achieving those goals)
Sometimes we must call on a higher power in order to fulfill our calling.
Perhaps you are still looking for your calling.
Every day and every hour we are called upon to do something.
We really must not overlook the simple day to day callings. Feed a hungry person. You do not need to wait for a great calling to build and staff a homeless shelter and food bank. Do not get me wrong, what a great calling that would be indeed. You do not need to wait until you become a doctor to heal some lameness or cure some illness -- you can donate and even raise funds today. You do not need to be a fancy pantsy preacher man to pray with and for the poor. And you do not need to be a politician to stand up and be counted in support of social and individual Justice.
When you woke up this morning you were empowered. And if you sat still and waited you would have found your calling for the day. Think of what you miss when you do not look for it, in your daily life and routine.
I was once called to do the legal and insurance and business work for a temporary winter shelter for the homeless. You cannot imagine the paperwork and hoops to jump through that bureaucrats and zoning types and politicians and insurance companies require for the continued operation of something so clearly good as temporary shelter in the winter for homeless folks. Everything is stacked against you. There is not enough funding to go around and so just the competition with other shelters for those dollars is enough to dishearten the most stalwart. But a funny thing happened while I was doing that work. I fell in love with the people. And found that I was in fact more called to administer to the individuals than to the institution as a whole. What a wonderful dilemma I was faced with that winter for the answer to these two callings was simple -- do both. This was accomplished through no great miracle. It was accomplished by getting up, washing up, suiting up and showing up.
How about you?
Have you ever followed a one day calling?
When will I ever learn to live in the moment in God?
Too much to do.
So what about being overwhelmed? We simply are to busy trying to makes ends meet in these fully global economic hard times. It seems that only the very rich are not feeling the pinch these days and that is just a natural fact. So for one we have less to give and for two we have less time to give of ourselves? Balderdash I say. Here is a mantra that has been repeated in my homes since I was the boss (well I am married so - second in command ;-) The more you give the more you get. And no matter how hard I try to ignore or forget that, it simply is true. Even my economic woes get made better by donating out of what little I may have at the moment. Now this is not a reason to do good things. But here is how it works out. That concept frees us to do good works without worry of ourselves going hungry or in want. With that truth comes the freedom to do out of abundance of heart and not fear for tomorrow.
Being kind to children is a great lifelong and day to day calling.
So what is your calling?
Perhaps you think that if you do not know some big picture calling that you are not called. Well you are just are not seeing it. You are called to get up in the morning and look around you and see just where you may be of help to others. This is not hard in this world filled with issues and the down and out all around us.
We can call this "style" of living as living in glory. As long as our eyes are set upon God and we give God all glory for our lives we can fulfill our calling. It is as though if we take our eyes off of ourselves that we can see more clearly. If we live in an attitude of gratitude we can take our abundance, no matter how small seeming, and move mountains one pebble at a time.
If we confess our weaknesses we can be freed to live in our strengths and one of those strengths can be called our calling. You see it really does not matter what the calling is and it does not matter the size. Living in our calling is living in the glory and living in the glory is living in our calling.
How can we go wrong if our hearts are so filled with praise that there is room for nothing more? And if we live in that praise then all that we touch is made better and that is the essence of a calling. It is the epitome or living miracles.
For those who feel called to do something wrong.
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