What are you called to do in life? That can be a challenging question to answer at times, especially if you are religious. Knowing your likes, dislikes, etcetera, are all helpful, but often times it is more involved than that – weighing your talents, strengths, education, and abilities. Also, a calling is not the same as a job or career – it is more. This is part of the I am ___ regardless of my day job movement that is going on. No longer are individuals identified by what they do for money, but rather who they are at heart, what their passions are, and what their calling is.
For example, I am a theologian. Is that my day job? Not at all. I work with numbers and money, but I am called to be a Messianic Jew that witnesses to the world. I am called to make a bridge between the Jewish and Christian people. I am called to move the Messianic Jewish faith from being a sect to a major movement. I am called to much more than my day job.
It took me a while to find my calling. More or less, I didn’t find it. Rather, HaShem gave it to me. And that is why it is even more complex for a religious individual – because G-d can have His own view of things. It’s the whole “man plans, G-d laughs” adage.
So how do you find your calling? You study, read, pray, seek, experiment, etc. It is a continual drive to see what you’re good at, what you enjoy, and what you’re made for. I’m a Levite, the Tribe of the Priesthood, that believes in the Messiah. That makes me uniquely suited to a divinity purpose. Beyond that, I’m talented at teaching and I am a continual student of theology.
That’s who I am. That’s what I’m called to do in life. That’s part of the new movement – I may do x, y, and z to make a living, but I am/called to be/do ____. This movement is good. No longer do we identify with non-living business entities, but rather passions and cares, movements and goals, something beyond ourselves…
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