4 Signs It's Your Calling

We are absorbed in decision dilemmas trying to hear the voice of God, follow His leading, pursue our calling, and be in the middle of His will. Every time someone asks me whether they should or should not do something, my INTERNAL response is: NO IDEA! (I can barely figure things out for my own life, I'm not about to try and direct yours.)

My EXTERNAL response is: That's a question only the Lord can answer for you, but I'll join you in praying that God makes it clear to you. And I will be cheering for you no matter what you decide.

It does seem (from my limited experience), that after someone makes the right decision in their life on the matter, these four patterns emerged before the decision was made...

1. Your discontent becomes a burden.

Haters like to lob unsigned notes our way but never offer to contribute in a way that solves the problem. But when God calls us out into something new, hindsight reveals a discontentment that grows into a holy burden. You tire of complaining and find yourself dreaming up a viable solution and offering yourself to contribute or direct the implementation. Usually the best person for the job is the one who is the most frustrated with the current situation, solution-focused for the future, and willing to contribute in the present.

2. Your thought life is consistently interrupted. 

You've got a ton on your plate. Too much really. But the holy burden starts to wake you up at night, keeps you from going to sleep, and has you googling constantly. Ideas interrupt your shower, face painting, hair drying, and dinner cooking.

3. You're enlightened.

You find that significant and rare opportunities come your way in the form of new knowledge. You're the only one asked to sit on the panel, invited to participate, given a voice at the table, chosen for that super elite group at school, you're the only woman in the room, you're chosen to spend one-on-one time with a world class expert in something, you attend a seminar on behalf of your company, you read a book that changes everything. And just like that, a new way of living and doing revolutionizes your perspective and you can't wait to implement.

4. You are motivated by love.

Correction, complaining, reprimand, superiority, eye-rolling, take-that-y'all-attitude, and I'll-show-you-attitude is gone. And what remains is only love. The kind of love that says this is worth my whole life. This cause, company, or change of direction for this organization or for our family can succeed only if I pour out my life with LOVE. 

If you are weighing your options or praying through a big decision, I wish I could coach you to the right way. Instead I'll leave you with this: That's a question only the Lord can answer for you, but I'll join you in praying that God makes it clear to you. And I will be cheering for you no matter what you decide.