Growing up in the state of Indiana, you’re taught at a young age to have a love for basketball. From a very young age, I was dribbling a basketball around the house. There’s even an age old joke in Indiana that every kid born in the state is born with a basketball and pair of sneakers.
While most kids want to grow up to be a policeman or fireman, I wanted to play basketball in the NBA. That personal vision for my life guided all of my decisions and actions. It even told me what I was not going to do. I remember turning down potential girlfriends in middle school because “I had to focus on practicing my basketball skills.”
Something happens when we become adults. We set aside a personal vision for a safe and secure paycheck. Never mind that we hate our work. We somehow convince ourselves that we are noble because we do work we hate. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with blooming where you are planted in your current work. Still, we ought to seek out a personal vision for our life.
A Great Definition of Calling
In the book Catalyst Leader by Brad Lomenick, he offers up a great definition of calling. He says a calling is, “God’s personal invitation for me to work on His agenda, using the talents I’ve been given in ways that are eternally significant.”
I love that definition for a few reasons:
1. Your calling is personal
If you study the lives of those in the Scriptures, you’ll discover something fascinating. God always has a personal calling. It’s personally tailored to that individual and it’s “for such a time as this.” There is a personal, tailor-made vision for your life.
2. Your gifts are required
Not only is the calling personally tailored for you, but God’s agenda requires someone with your unique gifts. You don’t need to become someone else to be successful, you just need to own the gifts God has already given you. When this truth sinks deep into your soul, ambition rises in your heart and mind. God is inviting your gifts to be used for His agenda.
3. Your work is long-lasting
Many people today see little to no value in their work. It’s a means to an end and that end is a safe, secure paycheck. But we were meant for so much more! When you discover your personal vision and express it through leaning into your gifts, God opens up opportunity to do eternally significant work. The more we lean into our gifts, the more the opportunity stream widens.
How about you? Do you have a personal vision for your life? Start down the path of discovering it today…