Category Archives: Inspirations
I occasionally have issues with problem-solving. As a writer, I tend to get very caught up in “what-ifs,” which often leads to me being bogged down. I’m an extremely cerebral person, and I sometimes get so wrapped up in my own thoughts that I forget to reach out to others for help.
You never know when an outside perspective will help set you back on the right track to heeding your calling. You’re not alone!
I realize that I’m really behind on my Quote of the Day posts, guys. I know I need to get back to it. There is no good excuse for dropping the ball like this, but I have been sick and also focusing really hard on letting people know about my Frost: An Otherworld Tale campaign on Inkshares. I have to get at least 221 more pre-orders in the next 77 days for my novel to be published. I can’t tell you just how important that goal is to me. I’ve been working on this novel for the past 10 years, and it’s time that it gets shared with the world.
I’ll be getting up Quote of the Day posts again starting this evening. I look forward to connecting with y’all through those again, and I hope that you consider supporting Frost on Inkshares!
Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Author
“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” -Chinese Proverb
How does this particuar quote relate to heeding your calling? It took me a while to figure out how they related. I believe that heeding your calling means being willing to further your understanding of it. I believe it means that you have to be willing to invest in your calling. You have to be willing to learn more, delve deeper, and pursue it harder. You have to explore different avenues within your calling. You never know how it will deepen and enrich your love and understanding of your preferred avenues of your calling.
Find people who know more than you do. Work with them. Allow them to mentor you. Learn as much as you can about every facet of your calling as you can. Then you’ll find what you really love, have a vast array of knowledge within your field, and a wider arsenal of skills for pursuing your calling and finding what you’re supposed to be doing with your life.
I’m not just offering empty advice. I’m doing this myself, in my own life. I’m taking courses in copywriting in the hope that they will provide me a way to make a living doing what I love, and also make me a stronger fiction writer.
See y’all next time! Good luck pursuing you own calling!
“Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?” -Matthew, 6:25-26
I believe that, for those of us seeking to heed our respective callings, this Biblical quote holds a very important message. When we are leading the kind of life God intended us to live, He will provide for us. I feel like this is absolutely true.
When you are pursuing your calling, you achieve a sense of fulfillment that can’t be had otherwise. If you’re fulfilling that calling, God will take care of the rest. I’m investing myself in my calling to write. I am constantly trying to learn and become better at what I do, and I want to share these things with y’all, too.
I want to encourage you to find your calling, and take whatever leap of faith you have to take to truly pursue it. I know it can seem scary, but I have absolute faith that the Lord will provide opportunities for you to succeed in your calling. Otherwise, why would He call you to do it?
“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
I used to struggle with the concept of free will versus God. It took me a long time to realize that God chose to give people free will for a reason. I used to wonder why on earth he would do that when he knows what flawed creatures we human beings are. He knows that we can make very poor decisions when left to our own devices. I wrestled with confusion over that for many, many years, until I finally realized just how much His children we are.
We are the Lord’s children in the truest sense of the relationship. If you’ve ever been around kids, you know there’s nothing like a bought lesson. Children are hard-headed. They have to do things their own way and in their own time. God lets us learn things for ourselves and when we make mistakes he’s waiting to help us pick up the pieces with open arms and a loving, understanding heart.
So, how does any of this apply to heeding your calling?
Only you can know when you’re doing what you’ve been called to do. It’s not something that an outsider can tell you, but you can feel it. When everything clicks and feels right, when what you’re doing is fulfilling and spiritually satisfying, you know it. You can feel it when things are falling into place. Even if what you’re doing isn’t benefiting you monetarily, it may be fulfilling you in ways you never imagined, and you may one day be able to achieve a life making a living doing what you love. Don’t let the insidious voices in your head tell you that you’re wasting time doing what makes you happy. Pursuing happiness and trying to share that happiness with others is NEVER a waste of time.
If you feel called to do something, you have the free will and spiritual fortitude to pursue that calling. If you’re still not quite sure what your calling is, try some prayerful meditation on the subject and see where God leads you.
“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill
How many times have you heard the mantra, “If you believe it, you can achieve it?” I could swear I’ve heard it about a million times. This begs the question of whether the phrase still holds any value, or whether it’s been overused. I’m willing to argue that the message is still valid, especially for those of us who feel we must pursue our respective callings.
Can you picture yourself making a life and a living pursuing this calling that you love? What is your calling? Do you know? If you do, say it out loud. Write it down. Embrace your calling. Prepare to live it.
If you’re not sure what your calling is, I can help you figure it out.
Have you felt it? If you’re anything like me, you’ll realize when you’re doing what you are called to do. You feel a glow down to the core of your soul when you’re actively heeding your calling. You feel driven to achieve that bright, humming rightness in your spirit that you only feel when you’re embracing your calling. You can’t resist engaging in your calling, and your life feels richer and realer when you do. That’s a sign that you have found your calling, and are doing what you were always meant to do.
As a Christian, it is my belief that God calls certain people to serve and glorify him trough the things they enjoy doing. He has given everyone special gifts, and your soul hums like a tuning fork when you follow your calling and use your gifts for His glory.
I have chosen to share a year’s worth of inspiring quotes–some Biblical and some not–and my thoughts about them as a fellow servant heeding her calling. I’m sharing my struggles and triumphs of pursuing my calling in writing with you in the hope that you will find them uplifting, inspiring, and that they will encourage you to heed your calling, too.
Have faith in God. Trust yourself. Heed your calling.
“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci
I realized recently that the scope of my Quote of the Day posts may be too narrow. I don’t just want to advise other struggling writers. I want to reach out to everyone who may be struggling with the journey that is pursuing their calling.
So, from here on in, I will be broadening the scope of my posts to include everyone who feels called to do something. I will still be relating my personal journey in pursuing my calling to serve God through my writing.
I believe that this quote holds a great amount of inspiration for those of us who feel called to serve God through the individual gifts He has given us. If you truly feel called to do something, never give up on it. You feel that call for a reason. Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from following your true calling.
I know it’s hard sometimes. I know that life can be exhausting. Trust me. I faltered yesterday and failed to write because substitute teaching is unimaginably exhausting. I talked over fifth graders, begging them to act right, for almost seven straight hours. I had no voice when I got home, and I had to lie down and sleep.
I should have made time to write because it’s my calling, but I faltered for a moment. I’m only human, and that happens sometimes. But, because writing is my calling, I’m back at it today. I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and I’m at my keyboard even though it’s 11:00 at night because I love this and it’s my calling.
I’m at my keyboard knocking out my daily blog post at 11:00 at night because I love this, and I’m hoping to reach other people who love something in their lives as much as I love writing. I’m hoping to encourage others who feel called to serve God through their talents to believe in themselves and go for it.
What do you feel called to do?