Finding and Following Your Call

Do you have a call? Are you sure you are following it?

Through different periods of my life, I’ve paused and asked God to let me know his calling for me. I’ve done many different things. I hope some of them were what God wanted. Listening is part of my daily routine.

So, it was either interesting or timely that I received a little brochure from an organization that I support financially called Lumunos. Sometime in the early 70s I ran across a little magazine titled after the organization that published it–Faith@Work. I never made it to one of their small group weekends, but the magazine was a source of nourishment for probably 30 years or more.

The organization has shrunk some. Finances forced the closing of the magazine. It still publishes a small version and has a blog. It’s worth checking out.

I searched the Website and didn’t find this brochure on it. So I’ll just give you some of the wisdom.

The Top Ten Reasons to Listen For and Follow Your Call

10. You will be less busy. (Following your call may mean saying no to many things that distract you from your call.)

9. You will have more energy. (From Isaiah 58:11, “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.”

8. There will be less chance of burning out. (Henri Nouwen, “God does not want you go destroy yourself. Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God’s will.”)

7. You will be more fun to be around. (As we do God’s will, we will have more joy.)

6. You will feel less stress. (Following call invites us to trust that we are not the ‘saviors’ of the world.)

5. You will be more creative. (When creativity is flowing, it is often a sign of call.)

4. You will be less fragmented. (Call is about the whole of our lives, and it brings the pieces together.)

3. You will have more good friends. (Common interests creates friendships.)

2. You will do less sleepwalking through life. (It requires that we pay attention to what is going on outside us and inside us.)

1. The world begins to look more the way God intends. (Frederick Buechner, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”)

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