How am I supposed to know what my calling is?
I get this question all of the time and, for whatever reason, many times this week. As I thought about it, I was reminded of a story:
Earlier this year, Liz and I made a trip to The City by the Bay, San Francisco. One day, as we made our way through Union Square, there was a man. His blue hooded sweatshirt hid the distinction of his face as he sat down on a bucket. Unlike many of his counterparts, he wasn’t just asking for spare change, he was earning it.
Spread around him in intricate fashion were buckets, buckets of all shapes and sizes. Atop some of the buckets stood crates and inside the holes of those crates were bottles, perfectly positioned to dangle. It was his drum line.
He played beautifully; he played with passion. The vibrations of the buckets and bottles echoed from the building surround and it drew me into that place.
His name was Emmet and he was making music.
What I Learned From Emmet
We use words like purpose and calling to describe our heart’s longing.
Sadly, some of us don’t use these words at all. We’ve given up on purpose and passion left us long ago. Passionless living is life threatening, it keeps us from our very purpose; to be light.
Please don’t allow yourself to go there – you were created for more than that. It’s time to rekindle your passion, to consider, that someone out there needs you to make music again; rich, beautiful music that only you can make.
Still, there are some of us who have passion and feel purpose, but we allow our circumstances to drag us down. All too often, it is the trap of comparison where we falter. Our proverbial stage isn’t big enough or our audience too few.
Nonsense; learn from Emmet.
He wasn’t playing for a sold-out audience, he was sold-out to himself, living out his passion in his space, earning his change. Is it sad or unfair that his talent doesn’t afford him a shot, a chance at fame?
The real tragedy is silence.
There is something inside of you that calls to you, the music your soul longs to sing. It doesn’t have to be literal music or art. Maybe it’s motherhood, perhaps it’s your profession; you love encouraging others or maybe you have a knack for making people laugh. I promise you, there’s something within waiting for you to live it out.
Do you want to know what your calling is?
The quickest way to find it is to quit waiting for someone else’s approval.
Tap into the music within your heart, His glory that rests within each of us. It’s all the approval you need.
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Forget about who’s listening; forget about the size of the audience. You were prepared in advance for this.
Start making music.
Sing loudly today.
QUESTION: What music were you made to create? What is one obstacle you’re facing today?