Sometimes, we confuse our current assignment with our calling. We assume that we’re “called” to be a student, teacher, designer, writer, or pastor. Oftentimes, we believe that our current place is our complete calling. In the last few weeks, I’ve been learning that our calling is far bigger—it goes beyond a job that may last a few months or years. Instead, I believe that we’re called to a mission, and we’re assigned to positions.
From time to time, I think we get too specific with our callings, and it ends up leaving us devastated when something goes wrong. I know many people who kept trying to do something they weren’t good at because they felt “called” to do it. Maybe they felt called to be a youth pastor or called to be in a leadership position—but when that didn’t pan out, they were left heart-broken, picking up the pieces of their identity.
When I think about this, I look to the best example of both leadership and servanthood: Jesus. He was a carpenter, a craftsman. It was difficult, tough, and certainly not the ideal platform from which to build a following. So, would you say Jesus’ calling was to be a carpenter? Of course not—we know He came to show us what God was really like and to pay for our sins. Jesus was defined by his mission, not his position.
What you do is not who you are. Your calling might be to help other people reach their full potential, which can look different in so many ways—it could be being a pastor, a counselor, teacher, or a parent.
So don’t stress about whether your current place is your calling—it’s not. It might be apart of it, but it’s not it. God is doing so much more in and through your life than your current 9-5 or your current college major. Your calling is bigger than the next year, next five years, and even the next 20. Embrace your current assignment in your calling, and keep being faithful where you are.
“Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” — Matthew 6:33 MSG