When Your Calling Isn’t Easy

We were chatting over dishes after family dinner.  (Let me tell you, we wash a LOT of dishes when Superman’s clan gathers.  There were 17 people on Sunday.)  My sister in law was asking about the start up of school, and I confessed my mounting nerves.  See, I was never that girl with oodles of extra patience, or even someone that was very good with kids.  I’ve had to work and work and work at it, and the evidence of the Holy Spirit in my life is easily seen when you know just exactly how far I’ve come in this area.  I might add that I have a ways to go as well.  Work in progress, friends.

It kind of slipped out of my mouth before I had a chance to think about it.  “Teaching isn’t my gift,” I confessed.  “But I know without a shadow of a doubt that it’s my calling right now.”

Do you have those things in your life, too?  Those things that don’t come easy (maybe even they’re extra hard right now), but you know with unshakeable certainty that it’s what you’re supposed to be doing?  Maybe it scares the life out of you, or maybe it’s emotionally painful…but you know that God is calling you to do it.

Sometimes it takes the most courage to face up what we’re not good at.

Maybe it’s a relationship that drains, or a job that isn’t fun, or maybe it’s just everyday faithfulness when the sparkle has worn off.  Maybe it’s staying at home with your babies instead of chasing shiny dreams, or maybe it’s getting out of your comfort zone and stepping up to a scary new opportunity.  Maybe it’s rocking the boat.  Or maybe it’s staying put.

I’m a comfort zone kind of gal.  I’d rather stick with what I’m good at and not have to learn a new skill set.  Give me the challenge of cooking a delicious dinner, styling a cute outfit, or speed reading a new book.  (As I write this, I’m a little surprised at how frivolous that all sounds…)  But ask me to expose my heart, or stick to a schedule, or even teach…and I kind of start to hyperventilate.  It isn’t my gift.

And maybe Jesus is asking you to do something that doesn’t come easy, and it scares the living daylights out of you.  That’s okay.

If it makes you lean hard on Jesus, then bring it on.

When it’s not easy, and it’s downright painfully hard – that’s when His grace becomes sufficient, and His power becomes a reality in our lives.  Not just something we know about, but something we get to experience in a real and daily way.  I’ll take that over staying stuck and lazy any day of the week…wouldn’t you?

There are worse things than crying out to God to get me through this day with kindness.  It isn’t the end of the world if you land a mile out of your comfort zone and hanging on to Jesus for dear life.  Better that, than missing out on obeying Him.  Right?

His plans for us aren’t arbitrary and pointless.  He doesn’t get His kicks out of watching us flounder.  Always, always His plans are for our ultimate good and His ultimate glory.  We can rest in that.  He makes no mistakes, so if He’s called you to it, then it’s not only possible, it’s where the greatest blessing is waiting for you.

So, my encouragement to you today is…don’t stop living your calling.

If God wants you to do it, He will make it possible.  Yes, He will.

And if you stop to think about it, would you pray for me?  I’m digging into teaching and trusting God to fill in my many gaps.  And you can know that I’m praying for you, too. 

Grace, peace, and keep on going –

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