How to Find Your Calling
There’s a moment everyone faces when they’re ready for something new. I’m sure you’ve felt it before. I know I have.
You get the entrepreneurial itch, and you feel God calling you to a deeper dream … but you’re just not sure what that is just yet. This is something I see often with the women I talk to. However, I think God doesn’t give us a calling without giving us some clarity around what that means practically.
Maybe you just haven’t yet connected the dots, and that’s where I want to help you today. Here are a few categories to look to when determining your calling
Your story was written by God himself. So you know it’s worth a second look. He didn’t bring you through those hard things or interesting experiences without you learning something that others could benefit from. So ask yourself a few questions …
- What are the hardest things I’ve ever had to do?
- What lessons did I learn from those?
- What unique experiences did I get to enjoy that most don’t?
- How have those shaped me personally?
Strengths and Passions
Every person has a unique mix of strengths. Likewise, there are some things that light you up and some things that drain you. When you combine those strengths and passions, you can often find something incredible that can be used in your business to serve others. For this category, it’s important to ask yourself and your nearest and dearest a few of these questions …
- What am I best at?
- What qualities do you admire in me?
- How would you describe me in three words?
- What have you seen me do that you learned something from?
- What activities make me most excited?
God has equipped every believer with some gift to build up his body, but often those same gifts can be utilized and directed toward those outside the body as well. Because it’s a gift, it’s something that you’re uniquely created to use for the good of people. For this category, I would find a spiritual gifts assessment and discover what gifts rise to the top for you then ask …
- How do I see these at work in my life today?
- How can I use these gifts to help other believers in their walk?
- In what ways can I use these gifts to encourage or equip others outside of the church?
God will not give you a task to complete that he has not or will not equip you for. It’s likely that the jobs you’ve had and the opportunities you’ve taken advantage of are already stepping stones you can use for your new venture. So it’s time to ask questions like …
- What jobs did I really love? Why?
- What job duties did I feel good doing and also very proficient?
- Who did I love working with and working for?
- What kind of volunteer opportunities did I enjoy? Why?
- What hobbies bring me joy that wouldn’t get squashed by making it a job?
It’s clear from the Bible that God uses all of history to write a story that none can even imagine. Joseph saw it clearly when he said, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20).
Paul noted it in Romans 8:28 when he wrote, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
The Bible itself is a testament to how many people with many gifts and many stories can come together to create one beautiful redemptive story. Your business is an extension of that, and he is already working to bring it to fruition. So don’t be afraid to dig deep today to find clarity and connect the dots between your past and your future.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®). Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved.