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“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think this quote is a great commentary on the value of the present in our lives. Don’t waste the time given to you on fruitless, meaningless endeavors. Find your passion, heeds your calling to that passion, and dedicate the present to living that passion because none of us know how much time we have in this world.
“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” -Babe Ruth
I believe what Babe meant by this quote is that no effort is wasted. Any efforts you make in pursuit of your calling, even if you strike out, are still worth it because they put you closer to your next home run. If you’ve done anything to pursue your calling, it’s not time wasted. It’s time invested, and all that practice in pursuit of your calling will eventually pay off.
God bless! Keep at it.
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett
I believe that, in relation to pursuing one’s calling, this quote means that we can grow through helping others. (By the way, I’m terribly sorry for posting this QotD post so late. That seems to be happening a lot lately.) I believe that the only way we can actually grow and advance in our respective callings is to aid other like-minded people who may need a helping hand.
“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?