I think the idea of a calling conjures up funny images for some of us. I actually have a great story about an 8th grader and her responding to the fact that one of the sisters had been called to religious life. When somebody referenced it being a call the student responded, “well that’s a call I would’ve let go to voicemail.” Exactly. Calling is a funny concept but it is something that I cannot stop thinking about.
My most recent Mini ReTreat theme was on work and purpose and we had some time to really delve into this topic. It was awesome. We listened to a fab podcast from Story Corps and we watched this great youtube video. We laughed and we ate a LOT of candy. The thing is that it seemed a lot of us in the room felt like it was a super big question one that’s hard to answer and that at certain times in our lives what we are doing may not be a part of our calling or our work but more of a necessity.
After the reTreat I had some time to think about the events of the day and it struck me that there’s a hesitance among some of us to name our work and I wondered what was at the root of that. I think it could be a myriad of things or even perhaps a fear of knowing but whatever it is there seems a common sense that this is seriously deep stuff and it’s hard to pin down.
What if it’s not as complicated as we make it? What if I know my calling already without much thought? What if it’s written on my heart and if I can quiet myself long enough I can tell you in my sleep what I’m called to? What if, right?
I think that’s more likely it. That if we pay enough attention, if we quite our minds and the voices of the outside world that we know what we’re here for. We may be afraid of it, we may not know the plan exactly that would put us towards our dreams but what we do know is the calling inside the quiet whisper that which points us toward what we’re born for.
What are you called to deep in your heart and what will you do today to get closer to that?