We often equate our calling with our career or the official roles we might hold. And, for many, there is much overlap here. But the true essence of our call should not be confused with or limited to just one form of expression.
For instance, someone might be called to help others experience healing in their physical bodies. And certainly entering the medical profession is one way to steward and honor this gift. But the calling is not to become a doctor per se. It’s simply to care for the physical welfare of others, which can be expressed in many different ways.
Likewise, being called to teach is not limited to a formal classroom, nor is being called to care for the spiritual lives of others limited to being officially on staff at church.
Certainly, it’s great when our calling lines up neatly with a paid profession. But it’s a mistake to assume these are one and the same. In fact, it’s possible to get so attached to the packaging of our calling that we miss its true essence. And this is often fueled by the pride and status that comes with certain roles.
Remembering the true nature of our calling frees us to simply use our talents, gifts, and abilities to make an impact for good wherever we happen to find ourselves.
Of course, we’re still free to pursue professional roles and seek to fulfill our calling through these positions. But we don’t let a particular role or professional credential cause us to lose sight of the true work we’ve been called to do. We’re often simply chasing the wind when we do.
In the end, your calling is to bring more life and goodness into the world and not merely hold an official title. Use whatever position you have without losing sight of the true essence of your calling.