The Race Is Not to the Swift

Sometimes, you just need to move on no matter how you’ve hurt within. Keep moving and keep running the race.

The race of life is not for the faint-heart­ed. There are times I ques­tion myself if I’m doing the right thing. Why I’m doing that?

Because there are peo­ple who won’t believe you no mat­ter what you say.

You will have friends that will not run with you when you are pur­su­ing your call­ing.

Some­times you have to walk alone. Walk alone hav­ing the faith in God that you will get through.

But walk­ing alone could be a dan­ger­ous thing. You might fall into the hands of the prey, it’s risky.

Walk alone not to achieve your dreams on your own. Walk alone so you can find the com­mu­ni­ty of peo­ple who walk the same path as you are.

Walk, with the expec­ta­tion of fail­ing. Fail fast, fail often, but get up quick­ly.

Be bad at things. Be embar­rassed. Be afraid. Be vul­ner­a­ble. Open your­self. There are many peo­ple wait­ing for you.

To hear how you turn your mess into a mes­sage.

To hear how you turn your test into a tes­ti­mo­ny.

To hear how you turn your fail­ure into suc­cess.

Don’t be afraid to fail. Embrace it. The loud­er you fail, the clear­er your future becomes. You need not see the whole pic­ture, you need to take the first step and leave every­thing to God.

There are peo­ple who spend their whole lives won­der­ing how they became the peo­ple they became and regret it, how cer­tain oppor­tu­ni­ties passed them by, why they didn’t take the road less trav­eled. You do not belong to them.

Trans­for­ma­tion can be both excit­ing and ter­ri­fy­ing but I promise you it will be worth it.

Embrace the new per­son you’re becom­ing. This is your moment. I promise you; it is now or nev­er, not two min­utes from now, not tomor­row,  not next year but now. Own that; know deep in your bones, and go to sleep every night know­ing it, and, wake up every morn­ing remem­ber­ing that and fight for it.

And then… keep going.

What To Do When You’re Calling Is Unclear

It’s been a few days ago the last time I am com­pelled to write about call­ing. Why? Because most peo­ple don’t know if they are on the right track, and that’s okay.

We are liv­ing now in an infor­ma­tion age where­in, more and more peo­ple have start­ed find­ing their call­ing in so many dif­fer­ent ways. Some are look­ing for it by liv­ing in anoth­er coun­try or explor­ing things that they haven’t tried yet and most peo­ple end up emp­ty, liv­ing anx­ious­ly how they could live a bet­ter life and wish­ing if they only knew their call­ing, they would not end up dis­ap­point­ed.

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I was in the same sit­u­a­tion two years ago.

I want­ed to become suc­cess­ful in any way I can with my own might.

Have attend­ed dif­fer­ent sem­i­nars that tack­led about finance and entre­pre­neur­ship.

Have tried to start a per­son­al finance blog and the last thing I did was to apply to become an insur­ance advi­sor that I end­ed up resign­ing from it because I find it real­ly hard at least for me to achieve the suc­cess I want in life.

I ven­tured into many things yet I have found myself in the same place, par­a­lyzed by uncer­tain­ty and fear.

Those moments trig­gered me to ask God: why for some peo­ple, it is easy for them to find their call­ing, and oth­ers are not?  If you are like me, have you ever asked your­self or oth­er peo­ple why you’re call­ing seems unclear?

Let me share it with you the three lessons I’ve learned through­out the process of find­ing my call­ing. This could help you to under­stand why a call­ing is nev­er clear.

 

 1. When you’re call­ing is not clear, you’re on the right track.

I have nev­er had clar­i­ty. I have only ever had trust.” —Moth­er Tere­sa

A call­ing is nev­er clear, there are times I seek God in which direc­tion He wants me to take but He often wants me to move first. It helped me to under­stand, that when you want to know where you are called at, don’t wait for clar­i­ty.

In read­ing the Bible from cov­er to cov­er for years, I nev­er encoun­tered a man or a woman that was called by God hav­ing a clear instruc­tions from Him where they should go or what they should do. God nev­er gave them an accu­rate assign­ment or an accu­rate place. Like for exam­ple, Abra­ham. When He was called by God to go the Promise Land, God nev­er told him where it is on the map, or even tell him if there is a hotel or a shel­ter he and his fam­i­ly can live there.

Abra­ham, wasn’t clear as well, what God want­ed Him to do. He didn’t know how he will be the father of many nations. Like for Moses, God gave him the order to free His peo­ple out of slav­ery in Egypt but God nev­er told him if he will have an army or weapon that can help him to ful­fill the task. In the end, both of them found their call­ing. They both ful­filled the assign­ment that God gave to them. They might con­fuse the first time they received the assign­ment yet they trust in God dur­ing the process.

 

2. Clar­i­ty comes only when we take action.

We don’t often know what we should be doing until we start doing it.

When God called Moses to a great task, he actu­al­ly doesn’t know what to do. He told God also that he can’t speak on behalf of Him in the con­gre­ga­tion of Israel because his lips are fal­ter­ing. How would Moses lead the peo­ple of Israel to the Promise Land if he is unskill­ful and total­ly clue­less on what to do?

What Moses did? He just start­ed to take action and obey every­thing God will be say­ing to him. Though he doubt­ed his own capa­bil­i­ty at first, but in the end, he trust­ed God in the process. Through­out the his­to­ry in Exo­dus, Moses was able to lead not just thou­sands but ten thou­sands of peo­ple and able to raise up lead­ers just like him.

How was he able to do that? He just start­ed doing it. His expe­ri­ence leads him to become a com­pe­tent leader and that gives him the con­fi­dence to lead the Israelites all of his life.

Trust­ing in the process means tak­ing action even you are total­ly clue­less about it. When in doubt com­mit.

I nev­er dreamed about being a writer or to become an author when I was young. and then one day, I just tried to write what was in my head. Today, I love shar­ing my thoughts and expe­ri­ences through writ­ing.

A call­ing is a sum total of a person’s life’s expe­ri­ences, skills and pas­sions that all put to work.

3. Just because it is hard, doesn’t mean you should quit.

We are what we repeat­ed­ly do.” — Aris­to­tle

While many peo­ple have start­ed fol­low­ing their pas­sion, from my own expe­ri­ence, it was the most painful and risky thing to do. Many peo­ple think they have the pas­sion for some­thing and when the going gets tough, they eas­i­ly quit.

My com­mit­ment was nev­er built overnight. There are nights, I am almost sleep­less. One thing that helped me a lot to build my com­mit­ment is being account­able. The time I vol­un­teered in the min­istry, joined a small group in our church, and start­ed lead­ing one, I have gone through dif­fi­cult times of main­tain­ing my com­mit­ment and con­sis­ten­cy.

And I believe, one of the rea­sons why some peo­ple are not suc­cess­ful because they don’t fol­low their com­mit­ments. They nev­er fight for it. I’ve seen many of them start­ed hav­ing a pas­sion and end up quit­ting and iso­lat­ing them­selves in the end.

That’s why pas­sion and desire are not enough. You need to learn to fol­low your com­mit­ments.

Let your pas­sion fol­low you instead of you fol­low­ing it. What we need is a kind of prac­tice that demands our total pres­ence and a seri­ous atti­tude to achieve what we want in life.

We are what we repeat­ed­ly do. If you want to become good at some­thing, com­mit to it seri­ous­ly.

In the end, dis­cov­er­ing what you were meant to do and meant to be, requires action and com­mit­ment.

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7 Signs You’ve Found Your Calling

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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.

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.

 

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?