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Calling Is Not as Mysterious as You Think

A letter to young women in leadership

Consider a few times when you have felt your full power as a human being made in the image of God. Your body and mind were in the same brilliant zone, working together seamlessly. You weren’t thinking about what other people thought of you. Almost electrified, you were so engrossed in what you were doing, time nearly stopped.

Maybe you were running through the grass on your front lawn. Exploring the creek on Grandma’s farm. Painting what your imagination saw, building a model airplane, writing a poem, listening to music or making it, hosting a party, helping a friend, swimming laps, preaching a sermon. Maybe you were all alone, or surrounded by people. Maybe you were very small, maybe you were two weeks younger than you are today. Perhaps you were full of joy, or your heart was at peace, or you felt a deep connection to God. Whatever the circumstances, whatever the time in your life, that zone tells you something about you. It points to the person you were made to be.

That person is you. Do you know her?

Rather than get caught up in figuring out what you should do, I encourage you to get back in touch with your true self, then to ask yourself how you can best be the person you have discovered in those “in the zone” moments. That’s what you’re here for—and let me assure you, you will never do a great job of being anyone else.

Your calling requires you to be you. And the world needs you to be you. You can do this regardless of the specific role you play. When you walk around this world, you make an impression and an impact, whether or not you do so with intention. God has claimed you so you can do the good things he planned for you long ago (Ephesians 2:10). The very best way to start is by embracing the way he created you.

So what is your calling? To be the unique person God made you to be, in growing relationship with him. To express this identity in what you do—professionally and otherwise.

To find your calling, go inward. Then get out there and be you.

Amy Simpson is an inner strength coach, a popular speaker, and the award-winning author of Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission and Anxious: Choosing Faith in a World of Worry (both InterVarsity Press). You can find her at AmySimpsonOnline.com, on Facebook, on LinkedIn, and on Twitter @aresimpson.

July21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

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