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Eric's Sunday Sermon; What Is Your Calling?

Updated on January 11, 2015

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.

Progress and growth in our calling is essential.
Progress and growth in our calling is essential. | Source

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.

Let us not await some big old burning bush vision and procrastinate in going out and doing some good deed.
Let us not await some big old burning bush vision and procrastinate in going out and doing some good deed. | Source

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?

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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.

This gal has two college degrees but is called to care for small children.
This gal has two college degrees but is called to care for small children. | Source

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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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Au fait thank you for your comment and insight. I would hope that many of us are "works in progress" and will indeed find and accept what we are called for in life.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      I think you have the right idea. I also think many people ignore their calling because it isn't to their liking. A very good explanation for those who may be wondering what it means to be 'called.'

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much aesta1 for reading and commenting and even more for helping those that you can.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I just keep sharing and doing good for the people I meet everyday. I am in Phnom Penh Cambodia and many here are poor so whatever I can share to the ones helping us make them feel good about life.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Peachy, thank you for dropping by and commenting.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      did God called me? Gee i didn't noticed that, I must have missed it!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      It is never too late Emunah look how many of us started writing at a ripe old age!

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      Emunah La Paz 2 years ago from Arizona

      This is great Hub on searching for purpose in life. Many people start to feel sad- hearted as they grow older, feeling as if they may have missed out on their purpose, however it's never too late. This article is inspiring to those who are searching. Voted up! Great original pictures and song choices as always!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Right on clearly walking the talking is harder and a better sermon than any kind or amount of words --- Thanks bro!

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      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      As usual these are wonderful and inspirational words. But your life of ministering to the homeless follows your words, and the example of our daily lives is the greatest sermon we can preach. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Fantastic Denise, this is very heartening to hear. I am quite sure that if you are called into this action that it will be fruitful and rewarding. Though as I am sure you have been warned it can be heartbreaking also.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      At this point in my life, I am feeling a strong pull toward a particular "calling" in the area of Emotional Health. It is becoming more widespread as a viable need in our lives, and more people are wanting to learn about it. Thanks for reminding me of this mission, and giving me the hope and courage to go forward with it!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      When will I ever learn to just wait? How true that if we wait on the Lord he will reveal to us his plans for us. I just love the comments to this hub, letting us know all so many are called so well. Thank you for sharing a bit of your and your friend's life with us.

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      I have a wonderful friend whose life calling his been to minister to others. She herself is a polio victim and yet she never lets it get her down. Her life is a true sample of giving and loving others.I often wish I could be as selfless as she is. But it is then that I am reminded that God gives each one of us a special gift and a special talent. That gift may be as simple as listening to others, sharing the love with your grandchildren or your children, or simply being a good friend. We only need to be open to him and what he reveals to us. If we wait on the Lord he is faithful. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Marlene that is much like my preaching experience. It seemed like such a great calling. Then I realized that is was my idea. Now I serve as directed and life is great and things just fall into place. Thank you for sharing that here on this hub it adds a great deal.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      When I was asked to be a worship leader, I thought I was born to sing for the Lord. But, it was such a struggle. Other people thought they should have been chosen for that role and I met with a lot of flack, even sabotage - and these were Christians! Your advice about sitting and waiting is so valuable, because it is only lately that I learned to just sit and wait to see where I can serve. My life is less stressful and I'm helping people in ways I never imagined I could.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mary -- It seems like I am preaching to the choir in this forum there are so many wonderful people like yourself that do great works to help the less fortunate. And they write to shed light. Thank you for your comment and support -- supporting others is a great calling.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      "attitude of gratitude "...that is certainly what it is all about Eric. Our gratitude for what we have and our way of life will certainly lead us to share what we can.

      I love my writing and hope it makes some kind of mark but I know its not enough. My husband and I are both retired so donating large sums of money is kind of out of the question, but, we go grocery shopping once a month. When we go grocery shopping for ourselves we have a bag for the local food pantry. Simple, inexpensive but most of all helpful. The daily calling!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, thank you for your insightful comment. You show us that the day to day passing of goodwill is a calling in and of itself.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great thought provoking hub!

      I look after my family sincerely and make their lives comfortable and that is my everyday calling. I always try to make people happier, whoever comes into my contact and that's what I think is the wish of God.

      Excellent Sunday Sermon! Thanks.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      will do eric, will do

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive you just keep doing what you are doing.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      still trying to find mine. Don't know my calling, asked God but he is permanently upset with me, never answers

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Dora, it is good to hear from you. you sure are correct here and it is a wonderful point. I don't think that I ever had a daily calling that did not set right in with my higher calling.

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, you and Jodah are too funny about your wives calling. Anyway, I think that the daily call is also a step toward that "higher" calling if we pay attention. Thanks for another good lesson.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is just too funny John. Shucks I here my calling even when she is gone. Around here we call the Honeydews --- Honey do this and honey do that ;-)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Country-Sushine, I could not think of finer examples of living in the moment and following that calling. I think you just do the focus of this Hub naturally and that is huge. Thank you for sharing that on this humble hub.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful lesson once again Eric. Just listen for your calling every day. Oh wait..I hear my wife calling! Guess I am called to look after her :)

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      Country Sunshine 2 years ago from Texas

      I had never thought about a day-to-day "calling". I guess I've started my day out right, without even knowing it! When I bought pet food this morning, I threw in a bit extra to feed the neighbor's dogs. I also planned a larger meal this evening, as there is a poorer-than-me friend that I feel the need to feed on occasion. Perhaps my "calling" is to take care of the wayward animals & people in my area!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      HI Devika thank you for that wonderful compliment, it is much appreciated.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Bill you sure have taught me a lot in your great writing that is filled with love. Seems to me you have melded the three together in one big great example for me to follow.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well Big John I bet like me you have most of your calling set forth by having wonderful children to raise and love. While the raising part may not be easy, knowing what our calling is - is.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patricia, I am real happy that you liked this piece and it gave you good thoughts for settling in. That there is the best I can hope for.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great insight here and so very mindful

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I used to say I was born to teach. On occasion I've said I was born to write. I think I was just born to love. :)

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      Great hub,very detailed ,and gave me food for thought.well done.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Be still and listen each day and our calling will be made known to us. As you mention we do not need to look long and hard or far away to find a need that needs our attention.

      So many opportunities await us.

      So glad I stopped to read this Eric. Great thoughts to fill my mind as I settle in for the night Angels are on the way to you ps

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent point of view Jackie and it shows in your attitude and conduct. Thank you for coming by, reading and leaving a comment.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think we keep an open mind and heart and see what comes our way! Great Sunday lesson Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hello Ann, I would say that the calling of caring for and helping develop our children is a true blessing for all involved and recognizing it as something special is really important. Thank you for leaving such a generous and warm comment.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I have a calling to do my best by my children and grandchildren and to use my writing for the better, as do you, obviously!

      Love the message here. It gives clarity to an 'abstract' and does so in a leisurely style.