Yay! It’s the first day of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes :: 2015 Edition!

Welcome! I’m thrilled that you’re here, and so excited to embark on this challenge with you!

Every day in October, we’re writing for five minutes flat on these prompts, chosen by Heading Home blog readers! 

 

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Our first prompt for the month is:

 

calling

Ready? GO.

 

No offense, but sometimes I think we can be a little too preoccupied with the whole idea of “calling.”

We can dwell on it so much and for so long that we fail to live out our calling altogether.

When I was in student ministry, this was one of the main themes that dominated conversations: “What’s my calling? What am I supposed to do with my life?”

Making decisions can be agonizing, especially big ones that will alter the course of one’s life.

But in lingering and wavering between options without actually doing anything, aren’t we missing our calling completely?

I think we make it much more complicated than it needs to be.

If we are believers in Christ, our calling is simple: To love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, and strength, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.

Paul spells it out for us in Ephesians 4:1 —

“As a prisoner of the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”

What is that calling?

To follow Jesus.

“Follow him where?” you may ask.

Follow Him wherever He leads. Dig deep into His Word, bathe yourself in prayer, tune your heart to sing His praise.

Cling to the truth of His promises: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Maybe you’re in the midst of needing to make a big decision. Maybe you feel like your life has no purpose. Maybe you’re knee deep in dirty diapers and burp cloths covered in spit up.

Don’t despair.

Our one true calling is to serve the One who is daily calling us home.

STOP.

 

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21 thoughts on “is calling overrated? {day 1 :: calling}

  1. What a good reminder! There can be so much pressure (external and internal) to find and follow one’s calling. Simply following Christ sounds so easy and so difficult all at the same time.

    Looking forward to this 31 days with you!

  2. Thank you for this today. I’m the one knee deep in dirty diapers. 🙂 It can be easy to get discouraged in the mess of it and wonder if I’m fulfilling a calling at all. So good to be reminded that I can serve God where I am.

  3. “No offense, but sometimes I think we can be a little too preoccupied with the whole idea of “calling.” <- This was a refreshing take.

    Thanks for setting up this challenge, and the prompts. 🙂

  4. Wow.. So the minute I saw the prompt “calling” my mind immediately went to the fact that everybody texts more than they call anymore. 🙂 I find this humorous since so much of my life is focused on the “calling” you wrote of.. Lol.. Great post. I linked. I’m up for the challenge!

    • Yay for taking on the challenge! Thrilled to have you joining us! And I love when words can evoke so many different ideas, just from a single prompt. 🙂 Glad to see you here!

  5. My calling is to answer their call. My children’s requests for cups of water, crayons, or a snack. My calling is to love and serve my family well. My calling is to send them to their rooms to play, so that their Daddy and I can talk in the afternoon when he gets home for work. My calling is to make their favorite meals, laugh at their jokes, and listen to their stories. My calling is to lovingly correct my children when they do wrong, and guide them to learn from their mistakes. My calling is to be 100 percent present with my husband and children, and remember what a gift God has given me in each of them.

    • What a blessing your husband and children have in you! Proverbs 31:28 comes to mind: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her…” Keep it up, Liz — you are doing a mighty work.

  6. This was so wonderfully said. I think women are especially prone to look around and feel like our calling is not as important or significant as another persons. We get hung up on wanting the thunder bolt and flashing signs, when most often our calling is right there in front of us, waiting for us to embrace it. I’ve linked up with your 31 list, and am going to try my best to blog all the prompts. I submitted the word almost (probably along with some other folks) and it’s the very last one, so I’m motivated to hang in. So many wonderful writers in your FMF every week. Thanks for hosting!

  7. My pastor talks about this often. When he was in youth ministry, teens would ask him all the time if there was a specific place God wanted them to go to college. His response was always, “Well, maybe. But more important – are you going to follow His lead wherever you go and whatever you do?” That’s stuck with me since the first time I heard him say it.

  8. I just love this: “If you love Jesus, you can fulfill your calling right where you are.” It’s true. We don’t have to be somebody else for us to be able to respond to the calling. God calls us right where we are, flaws and all and He qualifies us for the calling.

  9. I work at a Christian camp called Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters and we have a quote on our map of the world that says, “Why wait for a call when you have a command?” It is such a good reminder of how silly we are about being called to certain things and not others, constantly using it as an excuse not to be obedient and truly serve God in any and every way we can.
    Great topic!

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