By Fiona Botha
'You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand'.
Why does it seem easier for some than for others? It seems like some people are born knowing their calling or they get signs, wonders, and the audible voice of God directing them to their purpose. So what am I missing? Where am I going wrong? Am I deaf? Why can't I hear God? I long to know my purpose, what am I called to do?
I was always that person. I knew what I was doing, where I wanted to go and what I needed to do to get there. And, when I was on a mission, nothing could stop me. In hindsight, I was maybe a bit one-track-minded.
There seemed to be an unspoken checklist of things I had to complete in order for my life to stay 'on track' and for me to get to my ultimate purpose.
The unspoken checklist:
- Make it through school.
Scratch that. Why not rather matriculate with a few distinctions instead?
- Decide on a university course.
Basically, you just need to decide what you want to do for the rest of your life.
- Go to university.
Get into a selection course.
- Study and get a degree.
Study hard, oh, and make the most of your student life.
- Get a job.
Preferably a job you love and are passionate about, but that also pays well or even just okay.
Eventually the time came when I had ticked all the boxes on this 'supposed-to-do' list and on more than one occasion went beyond just ticking the box because, let's be honest, I am a bit of an overachiever. A few months into my first dream job and the rose-coloured filter started to dim. Now what? What do I do next? My checklist had reached its end, but it still had not led to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
During school, I had pictured myself being a missionary in some foreign country serving the Lord. This dream morphed into starting a ministry that would help people, teach them skills through some creative means. When I got accepted to study a design degree all of that got put on hold and I assumed that being a graphic designer was meant to be my purpose.
Day in and day out, being a designer at a web company, I started wondering, could this be all there is? I had always been too young to attend international outreaches and while at university I was too busy studying to be involved full time and I also couldn't always afford to go. Now I had a job doing something I loved and was being paid a salary. I had the means, but I was missing the direction.
We can get so obsessed and one-track-minded when it comes to finding our calling. We view our calling like it's a train at a station that will leave without us if we are late. But I don't think we can miss it. Finding your calling is a process.
In Psalm 143:8 David asks God to show him where to walk daily. God doesn't give him a vision of the whole thing all mapped out. Honestly, I think if that was God's Modus Operandi (MO) most of us would be totally freaked out. Or we would get even more obsessed with the end goal and miss out on the joys of the journey. Instead, God reveals your destiny daily. It's so simple, it's achievable, you can't miss it. It's like building blocks and everyday we are given the opportunity to take one step in the right direction. If we miss a day or travel in the wrong direction there is grace for that too.
Here is the secret to finding your calling - it probably won't be written across the sky in huge letters or even be heard in the audible voice of God. If you simply remain anchored in the presence of God daily, you’ll receive the purpose and passion you need to propel you into your God-given destiny. So I want to encourage you to embrace your daily destiny, even if it is doing admin, washing dishes, praying, being patient in traffic, encouraging someone or just smiling at a stranger.
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