Most of us would not answer this question by saying we wished we had spent more time working, making money or accumulating material things. On the contrary, I believe most of us would say that we should have loved more deeply, taken more risks, lived a life of significance, and explored more of God’s beautiful creation.
In other words, our greatest regret would be not having soaked up more of every precious moment we were given and instead wasting our time on meaningless pursuits of wealth, popularity and eternal youth.
Are you living YOUR life in the most meaningful way possible? I am talking about your calling, your purpose for living, the reason you came here – do you know what it is?
As you ponder this question, make sure not to confuse your job or family role with your calling. For example, if someone is good with numbers they may assume they are “called” to be a CPA. Likewise, if you think your calling is to be a stay-at-home mom, what happens when your kids are all grown up? In truth, our jobs and family roles are not our calling but simply a part of how we express our purpose in the physical realm.
Unlike a job or family role, our calling stays with us throughout our lives - it doesn’t change from one moment to the next. We can completely ignore it, yet it’s always there, patiently waiting for us to discover it. Even the most unaware occasionally get a glimpse of it when they unknowingly engage in an activity so closely aligned with their purpose that they lose all concept of time while being absorbed in doing what they were made for.
I was not “called” to be a Career Transformation Coach. However, I was called to help others connect with their highest gifts and to motivate and encourage them to more fully express these gifts as part of their life’s work. The gifts I have been blessed with for this purpose have always been a part of me even when I was a child and they will remain until the day I leave this earth.
The bottom line is: whether we accept or refuse our calling is entirely up to us. God has given us free will to live as we choose with the hope that we may use our gifts for His glory.
What will YOU choose?