Be Confident in Your Calling

To what do you feel called? In other words, what is your purpose in life? What are you passionate about?

These questions are all part of a series of questions we should ask ourselves to better understand who we are as humans. Finding the answer to these questions will also help us see how we are all connected to each other.

I’m about to say something that will make you go, “well duh!” Here it is. We are all different. We all have different talents. We all have different passions. What makes it really interesting is when we allow each other to live into their talents, live into their passions, live into the purpose they were created.

So if this is so obvious, why do I point this out?

We seem to live in a time when we attempt to celebrate diversity. At the same time we end up vilifying anyone who thinks differently than we do. The truth is that it takes all of us to work and live together. Without your gifts, my gifts, my and your neighbor’s gifts, our co-worker’s gifts nothing would really be done of lasting significance or value.

My five year old daughter loves the Tinker Bell movies on Disney. One of the movies gives the origin story of Tinker Bell and how she became a “Tinker Fairy.” It turns out she was gifted with a special and unique gifting as a Tinker none of the other Tinker fairies received.

The whole movie is about Tinker Bell being displeased being a Tinker (one who fixes or creates things) and try to be a different kind of fairy. So she tries to be an animal, water, light, wind fairy. All of these different giftings, but she was not able to make those talents work for her, and she was not happy.

It took a disaster, caused by Tinker Bell, for Tinker Bell to discover she actually likes and loves who she is. It took this event for her to embrace who she is.

That is our challenge today. Seeking out who God created us to be and living into that with confidence and joy. Will be be able to do everything we want or desire? Most likely not. But we can still find fulfillment in our gifts/talents because God has made us all unique.

To help drive this point, I invite you to read 1 Corinthians 12. (Click here to read the chapter)

See when we all live into our giftings, we can see how we all fit together, and are meant to be part of a community. Not just a community where everyone is exactly the same, even in thinking. No. But a community with diversity of gifts and passions to help make this world (with the help and grace of God) the place it was meant to be.

So, be confident in who God created you to be and trust he has placed you with he right set of gifts. Stand firm in your passions and just watch God use your calling to do incredible things in the world.

It won’t always be easy, but don’t try to be like everyone else. Stick to who God created you to be and just watch how you thrive and live in joy.

Published by Ryan Stratton

Ryan Stratton is a pastor in the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He serves with his wife, Amanda, along with their children. He writes about life, faith, and leadership through his blog.

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