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Can My Calling Really Be That Simple?

Ok, I know the other day when I wrote about your calling I said, the end. But the truth is it just doesn’t always seem that easy, does it?

Four words made it sound so simple, but here we are, everyday, struggling to understand what it means. I get it.

So what do we do?

I’m going to give you the only answer I know: walk forward the best we can. It’s all we can do. And the beautiful thing? God’s grace takes care of the rest.

It may sound too simplistic. But I get the feeling that’s how it’s supposed to be.

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How am I loving God today?

How am I loving others today?

Maybe you need it more specific. Enter someone’s name. And I’m going to give you a hint…it may not always be the easy person you want it to be.

It’s easy, especially in Christian circles, to get grandiose ideas of what calling looks like. It’s easy to look for people who make a big difference, give up everything, and have the numbers (or passport stamps) to prove it.

But that’s us using our handy-dandy measuring sticks. And I’m going to tell you a secret about those measuring sticks:

Measuring sticks get us into trouble. Ann Voskamp writes brave and reminds us, “Measuring sticks always become weapons.”

How do I know? Well, I’ve never used one and felt good about it. Measuring sticks either make us feel good (at the expense of someone else who doesn’t measure up) or make us feel bad (at our own expense). I’ve yet to find a bible verse that tells us to compare, to measure up, or to build pedestals.

So if we’re not measuring what does it look like to pursue our calling in real life?

While we can’t begin to have every answer for every scenario, maybe we could help one another. What is one way you need help walking in your 4 word calling today?

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This is the second post in a series about purpose and calling. Don’t miss the other posts! You can find them below once they go live!

Post 1: Your Calling (in 4 Words)

Post 3: What To Do When You’re Stuck Between Your Calling and Real Life

Post 4: Finding Joy in a Simple Calling


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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I’m here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

22 Replies

  1. Yes, this is good stuff, and, while I’m all about the big picture and knowing our vocation, etc. sometimes the most godly thing we can do is the next thing on our list: sweep the floor, make a casserole, call a friend. We find our calling by doing what God lays on our hearts.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It can be so hard to walk out this calling, can’t it?! It’s like we need bifocals to walk through life….the ones that help us see the big picture and the ones that help us make every step part of our calling. Maybe we don’t discover our calling as much as we make our calling with every little act of love.

  2. Yes! I still find it hard to get my head around that EVERY little act done for the Lord counts as calling to Him. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Now I have the song lyrics, “Every little thing she does….” in my head! It may not be magic, but it is our calling!

  3. Becky, so true that measuring sticks become our enemy, for who of us can measure up? And who or what are we measuring up to? So much better to free ourselves and just do what God has called us to do – today, in this moment. Sometimes it is as simple as sending a card or making a phone call. These little things can often be bigger than we could ever know. Grateful to be reminded today!

    1. Becky Hastings

      It is so true about those simple things. I think the simple things really make God happy. I know that sounds corny, but I think He loves seeing us love.

  4. Love these 2 points and yes, it can be that simple if only we let go of our own expectations and only live to follow Him. Easier said than done, but these words will be a silent reminder to me daily. Thanks so much Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Isn’t it funny how simple things can feel the hardest? It’s like we thrive on over-complicating life. Back to Basics with Jesus (maybe a new series! 🙂 )

  5. Lot’s of truth here, friend! Love is indeed what it all boils down to! Praying I can live up to that dream today! XO

    1. Becky Hastings

      Such a simple (and hard) thing to aspire to. So grateful for grace, tons and tons of grace!

  6. Loving God and others. Boom. Done.
    I complicate it too often, that’s for sure!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m awesome at overthinking, over-analyzing and over-complicating life! 🙂

  7. Oh, Becky. I’m in love with this post. And isn’t it such a comfort to walk freely in our own calling and support others in doing the same?! — “How am I loving God today and how am I loving others today?” <—- perfect questions. Love this. — Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today, Becky. ((hug))

    1. Becky Hastings

      It is so freeing! Thanks for being here 🙂

  8. Fabulous truth. I’m so glad I ventured over from Three Word Wednesday!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Katie. I’m glad you’re here 🙂

  9. Those are two important questions. So simple yet certainly not easy. Thanks for sharing this at #ThreeWordWednesday.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Why do I get so hung up on the simplest of things?! LOL

  10. Becky, this is perfect. Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad Heather 🙂

  11. Love this! In my younger years I wanted to be a missionary but what I found was that God was calling me to love Him and others daily. That revelation has changed my life in the last 10years. Though at times I still need the reminder that It is all about loving God and loving others

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so easy to forget, isn’t it?! There are all kinds of missionaries (and many don’t even need a passport!) Keep sharing the love!

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