[A Guest Post, by Paula Yocom]
This morning I was talking with a good friend of mine about what it means to have a calling in life — you know — an inner drive that motivates you to do something in particular. Both of us agreed that different people have different callings, and some may not understand why others choose to do what they do. Each person has his or her own reasons for embarking down a certain path. At times these reasons may seem obvious, but other times the reasons may be hidden within the heart. Therefore, we cannot criticize or judge another person just because we don’t understand or relate to someone else’s calling.
I believe every person has a unique set of gifts, skills and abilities to help make the world a better place. I think it’s an easy thing to miss one’s calling (or callings), simply because our lives are so busy. We have jobs, families, hobbies, not to mention numerous diversions our world gives us. Sometimes we spend time doing things that may not be the best use of our time. Often, we are just plain tired from the demands of our lives. How can a person dig deeper into the idea of being called to do something if their mind is filled with worries, obligations, fears and tasks to do?
We expect a lot of ourselves, yet I think often we don’t give ourselves a chance to quietly contemplate what our life’s true purpose might be. Is it to be a responsible parent, a dedicated employee, a loving family member, a dependable volunteer, a loyal friend or a star in the limelight, perhaps? Most of us have at least one of these roles, many of us have several. But amidst the chaos, hurriedness and desire to run life’s race ever faster, have we missed anything? How would we know if we missed it? I think the only way to discover this answer is to spend some dedicated time alone, in prayer and in meditation, contemplating what our purpose(s) in this life might be.
Does it all sound too metaphysical, too time consuming or unnecessary? After all, most of us know our roles and responsibilities, so why should we waste our valuable time ruminating over what our life’s calling might be? I think that in the midst of our busyness, it’s possible we can miss the call. Or, we can be doing something valuable that feels like drudgery, because we have not taken the time to understand and recognize what our personal calling might be. Not understanding why you’re doing something can lead to a sense of emptiness, frustration, lack of satisfaction in life and feelings of failure.
I believe each one of us was put on this earth to fulfill a very important purpose. What that purpose is may seem abundantly clear to some, while others may struggle along, not understanding their life’s mission, or worse yet, not believing they have a reason to be here. Everyone has a reason to be here, it’s just a matter of whether we are willing to invest the time to explore and understand what our purpose truly is.
I pray every person who takes the time to visit the RyansRally website will give themselves the gift of spending some time alone with God to examine and better understand their own unique calling for their life. I know that many souls reading this blog have a calling to reach out and show kindness and caring to others. What else might this mean for your life? What gives joy to your daily existence, and what lights up the passion within your soul?
Don’t be afraid to ask God for help and guidance in discovering your personal calling. I guarantee you, the answers you discover will change your world, because there is nothing more deeply satisfying than to understand who you are and why you’re here. Loving others and giving tangible support to them is at the heart of life’s most beautiful callings. May the Lord give you all the wisdom, strength and courage you need to pursue whatever special plan He has for you on this earth. Honor your calling, for it will allow you to become everything God meant for you to be.