Your story has everything to do with your calling.
God has gifted you with many unique attributes, but none so unique as your particular life story. So far in the journey to discover your calling, we have been looking at how God created you. God created you with specific things that make you deeply glad and things that you are good at doing. The places where those gifts overlap reveal important clues to discovering your calling. We have also examined your strengths, the traits you’ve been given to serve the people around you. All of these things make up your hard wiring, how God has created you to live and serve.
All of these discoveries are unique to you, but now we will dig a little deeper into what makes you you. Now we turn to your life story. For the next few days, I will show you how to look at your life as a whole and distill the important experiences that contribute to discovering your calling. This is where the good stuff happens :).
Today, I’d like to you to divide your life into segments. You might make the divisions by age, school grades, geography, or jobs. I’m in my early 40s, so I divided my life into these life-stage segments:
- Childhood (age 0-8)
- Pre-teen years (8-13)
- Teenage years (13-18)
- College (18-21)
- Early marriage (21-26)
- Mom of young kids (26-30)
- First church plant (30-33)
- Second church plant (33-…)
- Adoptive mom (36-…)
Take some time to make these divisions because we’re going to use them for the next several days. Today, after you make the divisions, ask yourself this question:
In each section of my life, what were the high points?
Look at each life section and recall the high points, the times when you felt like you hit your sweet spot. The times when all felt right with the world. It could be a moment in elementary school when you were chosen for something special, or a time in high school when you achieved something significant. It could be a time in college when you experienced something significant with close friends, or a time in a job when you felt like you contributed something unique to the people around you. Strive to have 1-3 high points for each section of your life.
For me, ballet performances show up in several sections of my life. These performances have several things in common. First, I was chosen for the role. I also worked hard to make the role come alive and communicate something to the audience. In addition to this, I felt like I did a good job. And maybe most importantly, I really enjoyed dancing :).
As you look at these high points, you will begin to see what makes you come alive. These experiences serve an incredibly important role in discovering your calling.
Daily Journal Question: Divide your life into sections that make sense to you. For each section of your life, recall 1-3 high points, times in your life when you really felt alive. Record these sections and describe these high points in your journal.
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