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Vantage Points

Last week, I’ve met a friend just to have a din­ner. With the least amount of time we were able to share what hap­pened to our lives in the past we have not been togeth­er. From our past con­ver­sa­tions, we’ve been talk­ing a lot about our call­ing and how we’re gonna sup­pose to find it. And then I remem­ber anoth­er friend shared to me a link where I can read to improve my writ­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, and then I’ve found a worth shar­ing arti­cle from his blog.

Some­times, fig­ur­ing out our call­ing is not as that sim­ple, some says, try every­thing as you want until you’ve fig­ured out your call­ing — well there maybe a bit of truth about that but it might be a waste of time. I am going to share the 7 signs that you’ve found your call­ing that I’ve added a lit­tle bit infor­ma­tion:

1. It’s famil­iar.

Yes, your call­ing should be famil­iar to you but it’s not obvi­ous. Jeff Goins said that “You find your call­ing not by look­ing for­ward but by look­ing back­ward.”

Your past can deter­mine your call­ing, try to recall your past expe­ri­ences and what have you learn about your­self. Did you find your­self being good at some­thing in the past? How about the dreams you have in your child­hood? I want to quote Steve Jobs for what he said;

You can’t con­nect the dots look­ing for­ward; you can only con­nect them look­ing back­ward. So you have to trust that the dots will some­how con­nect in your future.”

So you find your call­ing not in the future but by going back in your past.


2. It’s some­thing that peo­ple see in you.

We can­not find our call­ing on our own, that’s why I also don’t believe in the idea of peo­ple who claimed them­selves as a self-made mil­lion­aire or even bil­lion­aire. There are peo­ple who helped them to achieve that suc­cess, some­one men­tored them and sup­port them along their jour­ney. We can­not find our call­ing out­side the con­text of com­mu­ni­ty.

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We all have blind spots, we can’t see it all. We need some­one who can men­tor us and guide us to see what’s the best in us. We need peo­ple that can speak to our life.

In the bible, David had no idea at all that he will be the next king of Israel until Samuel anoint­ed him. Almost through­out the sto­ries in the bible, God’s plans were car­ried out by the peo­ple He called and in the con­text of com­mu­ni­ty.


3. It’s not easy.

A call­ing requires prac­tice. It must be dif­fi­cult enough because if it is not dif­fi­cult, every­one will be doing it. Most of the great men who became suc­cess­ful in their life do what oth­ers are not will­ing to do. In this world that is full of noise and every­one wants to be heard, you must do some­thing weird, some­thing that oth­ers did­n’t do.


4. It requires faith.

A call­ing at first is unknown, Jacob does­n’t know that he will become a nation yet he trusts God in every­thing.

Oswald Cham­bers said, “…if a per­son can explain exact­ly where and when she was called, then she prob­a­bly wasn’t called at all.”

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for wel­fare and not for calami­ty to give you a future and a hope.” — Jere­mi­ah 29:11


5. It takes time.

Your call­ing does not guar­an­tee suc­cess or safe­ty. If you’re call­ing guar­an­tees you to be safe and com­fort­able, you’re wrong. Copy­ing from what Jeff Goins wrote,  the­olo­gian Diet­rich Bon­ho­ef­fer wrote, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” And in his case, he was cor­rect — he died a Chris­t­ian mar­tyr.

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6. It’s more than just one thing.

A call­ing is more than a job or a career. it inte­grates you in every­thing you do. This is impor­tant as well; “If a call­ing takes you away from your fam­i­ly or loved ones too much, it may be more of an addic­tion than a voca­tion”.


7. It’s big­ger than you.

The task must be so big that you can’t do it on your own or  with­out a team. It should take the whole of your life to accom­plish it. Just like those peo­ple who are called to be a mis­sion­ary, the task is so big, it is not easy to share the gospel with oth­er nations espe­cial­ly to restrict­ed nations.The task is big­ger than them but still God is big­ger than it.

Just like Solomon, he knew lead­ing the whole Israel would be a tough job and it is big­ger than him, so instead of ask­ing God for wealth, he asked for wis­dom on how to lead the peo­ple. If the task does not intim­i­date you then you might think­ing too small.

How about you? Do you have any­thing that you might want to add?

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