Yesterday we defined calling as your unique contribution to God’s “supreme reformation project” that is underway in our world (Cornelius Plantinga).
So, our task is to discover what your unique contribution looks like. To “get at” that idea, we’re going to start with some really fun questions.
We’re going to start with what makes you happy. 🙂
Does that sound like a weird or even sinful place to start? It shouldn’t. Like I mentioned on Day 1, I have come to realize that when you’re living out your unique calling, you will smile. And so will God.
It makes sense if you think about it. As our Creator, God spent time creating each of us in a unique and particular way. David, the Psalm writer says it this way:
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.(Psalm 139:13-16)
You are an intricately fashioned creation, wonderfully crafted by our master Creator God. When you function in the way he designed you function, it only makes sense that you will feel glad. That it would feel right. And it only makes sense that it would bring God pleasure, too.
There’s a great moment in Chariots of Fire when Eric Liddell, Scottish athlete and missionary to China, is trying to explain to his sister why he wants to run in the Olympic Games, delaying his move to China while he trains and competes. She feels that running competitively is a waste of time, but Eric disagrees. He tells his sister with confidence, “I believe that God made me for a purpose. For China. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure. To give it up would be to hold Him in contempt.” Eric Liddel knew his calling. He knew what God made him for. And when he lived out his calling, he felt the pleasure of his Maker.
Daily Journal Question: Have you ever had a moment when what you were doing felt so right that it made you happy? Maybe it was even a moment when you felt God’s pleasure, too? If so, describe the moment in your journal.
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