Last week we talked about recalling and recording your calling when you start to feel unsure of your calling.
The third thing to do is to remember that everyone is in the same boat. There’s no perfect speaker, so there’s no one who has avoided failures and flops. Every speaker has struggled at one point with doubt and insecurity, and all of us have had dreams that were detoured.
I’m a linear thinker, and I’d love to have a linear ministry path. It just doesn’t happen, though, so I’m getting over it. 🙂 Jeff Goins recently said it this way on his blog, “The experience of finding your calling is both mysterious and practical. It takes effort but also seems to happen to you at times. What I’ve come to understand is that finding your purpose is more of a path than a plan: it involves unexpected twists and turns that at times look like accidents but actually are a part of the process.”[Tweet “Instead of planning out a path, we need to trust God’s process. #breakingupwithperfect”]
This calls for daily obedience and spiritual eyes watching to see where He is at work. I want to trust God for just enough light for the next step. “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (Psalm 119:105) I want to make sure I’m watching for the doors God is opening for me instead of trying to pound down the ones He’s closed. “…See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut….” (Rev. 3:8)
One way to remind yourself of these truths is to talk to a speaker who is further down the path than you. Ask her to share stories of her years in ministry–the good, the bad, and the ugly. She’ll have a chance to laugh with you about some things that weren’t so funny back in the day, and you’ll have the encouragement of knowing that you’re not alone in the struggle.
God’s calling is sure. We can walk confidently in His sure calling when we recall, record, and remember!
Note: I have to share this with y’all since we’ll all friends here. Years ago, I had a pastor I adored, but his penchant for alliteration got under my skin since he used it every Sunday. I was tempted to make an Alliteraters Anonymous certificate for him, but I crucified the flesh and resisted.
For some reason when I was preparing for She Speaks and this breakout, I started alliterating and couldn’t stop. It made me laugh at myself, so I hope you’ll laugh with me. The rest of the series is the same!