Our true calling is something we are so naturally good at that it seems to take little to no effort at all. I had a client earlier who was good at two different things. Equally, these causes were dear to her heart. Both paths brought her so much joy, yet she was uncertain with which direction she should choose. One day her skills and passion will integrate. In the meantime she touches lives and is satisfied doing what brings her the greatest joy. She's an author. That's her calling. What she writes about, how she shares, and how it's received depends on how dedicated she continues on her path. She can choose any direction, but writing always will emerge as a inner-longing... That's what a true calling is.
A true calling doesn't have to be a career or some big elaborate plan. It's not a get rich quick scheme. However, those who do follow their true calling become experts at whatever it is they are designed for and often profit because the world has a way of providing for those who are greatly dedicated to things.
A true calling always serves the bigger picture. The easiest way to conclude whether something is a true calling or not is to determine whether or not it's self-serving. A true calling is self-nurturing, but not merely self-serving. It always has a larger, greater, bigger purpose in the world... Bigger than our own wants.
We might try to ignore our true calling, yet it always surfaces as the things we accomplish with ease. It’s very human for us to do the things we want instead of what we’re called to. Thinking with the flesh instead of the soul is actually an interesting part of our journey as a human being. Christians call this “free-will.”
Since our calling is so easy for us, because it's often our greatest passion, it may not always offer the greatest challenge. We may check out other completely different things in the meantime... We all know the construction worker who wanted to become a doctor, or the hidden artist who put down the pencil and became an accountant instead... All the while our calling has a knack for following us, tracking us down, and showing up with whatever we’re doing. The construction worker saved and helped stabilize a broken leg of a coworker on the job and earned the nickname "Doc." The accountant often gets assigned to creatively design marketing ads for the company she works for even though design work is not part of her job description.
Our true calling is so simple that it often gets overlooked, pushed aside, but we can never really ignore it for long. Some people know their calling right away in life while others might search for it long and hard. It might be a thing we feel that we must accomplish in the world, an unexplained urge but don’t necessarily understand. It could be a talent or skill that needs to be expressed, or a certain set of “ways that we just are" and show up in the world.
Taking a moment to reflect on our earliest years can sometimes reveal specific themes and patterns to indicate what we are called to.
Many times it is the people in our life who watch us grow who know our calling the best. Exploring different paths until we learn to embrace what we’re called to is common. In the meantime, if we simply keep watching and listening, paying attention and doing what’s in our heart- our true calling will make itself known.
It is in the things that bring us the greatest joy that we find our true calling.
The funny thing is-- it’s been there all along.