Who am I? What am I called to do? Don't we all ask these questions sometimes? Really, what do we do, when what we thought we were meant to do, changes? What do you do when you've lost your joy in the doing?
Yesterday your purpose, your calling, was clear, when suddenly you find yourself floundering. Things are harder than they should be. Not because they're difficult, but because the Joy is gone. The suddenlies of change can take us by surprise.
'Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given.' Make a careful examination means to dig deep and really look at yourself. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Ask a trusted friend or mentor to give you an honest evaluation. Explore and dig deep. Make some purposeful time, and steep in your questions with the Holy Spirit. You might rediscover opportunities you have missed, look at things from a different perspective or you may discover yourself on a whole new path.
'Then sink yourself into that.' Dive in. Delve into the discoveries that you have uncovered. Look for opportunities to be an asset to someone else's mission. Helping someone else can teach us new ways of doing things. Perhaps your thoughts and perceptions have changed. Try a new ministry altogether. Discovery is exciting, interesting and fun.
'Don’t be impressed with yourself.' Don't think your too good to serve in any certain capacity. You're not. Jesus specifically said that we should each be willing to serve (Matt. 20:28). Be humble enough to to serve wherever you will be an asset. Nobody is too good to start on the bottom floor.
'Don’t compare yourself with others.' Gosh, we are all very skilled at this one. We want to have a gift like so and so, and we may even try to imitate them. Imitation is just that. Imitation. We all have something unique to offer that is important and worthwhile to the kingdom. It may not resemble anyone or anything you've ever seen before. Don't let that discourage you. Find your niche. It's waiting for you. Waiting for you to discover all it's many and varied colors and ways to minister.
'Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.'
Every one of us has something. Something that we should take responsibility for. Once we have established our gift, we should do our very best at whatever it is. Our creative best. Don't get stuck in the box of 'this is how we have always done this'. Get creative. Your creative best may look different from someone else's or from yesterday's way of doing things.
Today may look different than yesterday and tomorrow may look different than today. Our 'calling' or the thing that God has gifted us to complete, may change. Don't fall into the comfort zone trap. We can become so comfortable that we allow yesterday's calling to define us. Explore tomorrow's opportunities. You might just discover that your joy is waiting for you there.
Galatians 6: 4-5 MSG
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life."