From the Archives of my computer. I stumbled upon this paper i wrote about what i define as "my calling"
In consideration beyond today’s stereotypical obsession with etymology and spelling, what is in a name? What value or spiritual significance do we find in our names? The prophet Isaiah scribes the Lord saying, “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine” (Is 43:1). Our name is that by which we are called. I am called first and foremost a daughter of God, a ransomed heir to the riches of my heavenly Father. What an idea! I can only imagine the thoughts that God has towards me! David in the book of Psalms intimately and exquisitely pens, "How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!" (Ps 139:17-18). There are many that have been called and few that have been chosen. Many have walked the beaten path of Christianity and paved the way into both modern day martyrdom and success. The thing that separates us all is our name, that by which we are called. Each separate identity tells a story that we can observe; but none that we can duplicate.
As God was speaking light into the universe, he was speaking purpose into my life. When he pulled a rib from Adam's side, he pulled together the thoughts of my destiny and my calling to be just as unique as each grain of sand on the shore. Therefore I do not believe my calling in its entirety can be written on these pages. My Father knit a beautiful story in my heart from the first word of creation that is only in part revealed as I spend time with Him and heed the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I am called to serve, and to love, and to spread the Good news that Christ has paid the price for sin! I have been commissioned to make my life an anthem of God’s goodness. I have been birthed out of sin and into His glorious light to be testimony of Christ’s love in my sphere of influence. My calling is to be a leader, a voice in the desert and a prophet to the nations. In Psalms 51 David cries out asking God to empty him and to create in him a pure heart. The most fascinating part of the word "create" in this passage is that in simple exegesis we realize it is the same word, inherent with the same power that God used in creating the heavens and the earth in Genesis. I know that when David allowed God to create in him a pure heart he was fashioning something completely unique for him that had never been done before. David had a call on his life that had never been heard before; and has not since.
I do believe that if you do not learn from history that you are bound to repeat it. I also believe that when we walk in the power of the perfect will of God we are bound to walk in a destiny never tread before. I am so grateful for those we can call mentors and role models. They impart wisdom when at times there is no experience. They may reveal truth to a facet of life that I may never have considered on my own. People like Mother Teresa and Dwight L. Moody imprinted virtue into history with such dedication and passion; but the most important and inspiring lesson that we can learn from these is that human kind is fallible. Man will always disappoint but Christ never will. He is the ultimate role model, the perfect son, the perfect teacher, the perfect Rabbi. John 2:22-25 says, “Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature. No one needed to tell him what mankind is really like.” Jesus, the God-son, didn’t need to be told that mankind would fail him, but we do. God puts people in our paths to work along side of; but he doesn’t expect us to fall back on their failures or successes from their time here on earth.
Joyce Meyer wrote an incredible book, The Confident Women. She writes about a time when she thought of what she would do if her husband, David, died. Joyce had given into fear at the thought of doing life and ministry without David when the Lord spoke to her. He said, “if Dave died you would keep doing exactly what you are doing, because I am the One holding you up, not Dave.” She quickly realized that He was establishing her in the foundational truth that God is all you have to have. Mother Teresa was an example of this. She worked incredibly with people yet often ran into a mission field with only pennies. She never relied on any one person, only God. I love to think that my faith could rise to the occasion if every person close to me was taken away and that I could stand unmovable in my calling with only pennies and my name. I think that this thought encompasses the very core of my purpose. This is my calling.