Called by God but Lacking Direction
I was prepared to write a blog entry on Proverbs 24:10 because the verse leapt out at me this week. Then I received a text message from my friend George, and instantly, I felt that my answer to him might also apply to you.
Yesterday 8:26 PM
For six weeks I've been in the most intense battle for my life, of my life. I've questioned many things and found many answers. I've thought about my life and what I could do to make myself happy. I've thought about moving again... figuring out another career. Through the Pain and sadness, and in the questions, one thing has been consistent... my life is purposed for God and His ministry. I'm called to preach, teach, and evangelize. I know that more at this moment than I've ever known it. But... I have no direction. How do I get started again? Do you have any advice? I love you man.
There’s a whole lot packed into what first arrived as tiny green boxes of text to my phone. One, I don’t believe my friend is exaggerating. Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I struggle to empathize where I ought to. There are times when I simply don’t possess compassion for the hurting. We have to be honest with ourselves, God, and others. Thankfully, that’s not the case here with George, but I feel a tug to admit it up front, and to invite the heart of Jesus to transpose my own.
Jesus, would you give me Your heart to love, listen and build up the hurting?
One other quick note before I attempt to answer George’s question, and maybe even yours. I can tend to be a perfectionist at times (which is not always a good thing), but sometimes being nitpicky helps me notice emphasis where I wouldn’t otherwise. In this case, George capitalized the word “Pain” which, from my perspective, is a window into the struggle his soul has been facing.
...my life is purposed for God and His ministry. I'm called to preach, teach, and evangelize. I know that more at this moment than I've ever known it. But... I have no direction. How do I get started again? Do you have any advice?
I’m so encouraged by how much George knows of where God has called him. Purposed for God and His ministry… called to preach, teach, and evangelize. Your calling might not be identical, but I guarantee God knows you and has an incredible story up His sleeves for you even/especially when you’re living through a longer-than-anticipated season of pain, sadness, and questioning.
Maybe step one is admitting that the current chapter you’re living isn’t the one you want, like, or hoped for. But, it may also be a page-flip away from one that is far better than anything you could have asked for or imagined.
Here are my thoughts, in list/step form:
1. Remind yourself of where and to what you have been called - even if you are further away from it than ever. And if you can’t remember or don’t believe God’s ever given you a specific calling, begin asking Him and those around you what He/they believe you’re good at. Before I left my job in the music world, I spent nearly three years routinely asking Jesus to write the kind of story over my life that would please Him most. I wondered why the answer didn’t come sooner than it did, but I wouldn’t trade what He’s given me for anything else.
2. Once you know what/where you are called to, ask God and those you trust to share insight on who you are called to. Is there a specific people group, a nation, a demographic with a shared interest?
3. Maybe one of the most important directional calling insights I can encourage you with is to ask Jesus/friends for understanding on who to serve with. I do not believe Jesus is looking for Lone Rangers to go save the world.
*Note: I’ve written and posted this blog with George’s permission.