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Your Calling (in 4 Words)

Have you ever wondered if you’re where you’re supposed to be? I don’t mean at the right address (although I’ve been in that position plenty of times). I mean in life, in the grand, sweeping sense of purpose and direction and calling.

Are my feet (and my heart) where they belong?

The question rings loud like a gong, with the echo shaking me to my core. Because the truth is, I don’t know. And I find that terrifying. As each day passes and college students look more and more like toddlers to me, I realize I get one shot at this life. And then the questions come in a torrent, one loud gong after another:

Am I where I belong?

Am I making a difference?

Am I loving well?

Am I walking in my calling?

It’s enough to make a girl fall into a heap, trembling and begging God for answers, not that I’ve ever been there…I’m thinking of a friend, of course.

While I don’t pretend to have this life thing figured out, I am grateful to be firmly rooted in my salvation, so the bottom line is, I know what comes next in the eternity sense. But what about here? Where it all seems so urgent and present and pressing?

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It’s easy to get swept away in the current of envy when it comes to calling, thinking treading on foreign soil or having a ministry that reaches tens of thousands is the badge of success. It’s easy to think it’s in the numbers, but the only number that matters is the one right in front of you.

If I can look one person in the eye and find a way through my messy self to show them the love of Jesus, that is exactly what I’m supposed to do.

There are no red letters demanding we have a large Facebook following or write dozens of books or speak on stages to thousands. Jesus was pretty clear about what He wants from us, and I forgot that.

Love Him. Love others. 4 words to follow and we will be firmly in our calling. Every single time. The end.


This is the first post in a series! Subscribe here so you don’t miss the upcoming posts to help you walk in your calling!

Post 2: Can My Calling Really Be That Simple?

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.

24 Replies

  1. It’s so easy to overcomplicate things worrying over what God is calling us to and whether we’re where we’re meant to be. I love how you sum things up in just 4 words- so true that if we’re doing those things God can use us.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Amen Lesley! I’m the queen of over complicating! I think the Lord is going to show me a lot about SIMPLE this year…and that will bring the JOY I’m seeking for 2017!

  2. Question #3’s a huge one, isn’t it …

    Thanks for encouraging us to sit with the questions that matter most, Becky.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Linda, I so appreciate you. You’re so thoughtful in your responses and it means a lot to me.

  3. I love your questions and your 4 words. We make so much about our calling when we are all called every day to do exactly those 4 words. Love Him. Love others. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you Maree Dee! It’s funny how we can get so wrapped up in what we think we’re supposed to do. Love Him. Love Others. It’s that simple (and hard!)

  4. Yup, that’s it in a nutshell! A beautiful summing up of the life of faith. I remember worrying about calling not so long ago and God whispered the simplicity of our highest calling with these words: “Sitting at Jesus’ feet, that is your calling.” And not in a permanent Mary posture either but in a willing heart surrender. Yet, as I am sure you’ve experienced in culling together this series, Becky, the deceptively simple theological things are actually quite profound. Looking forward to reading more! Bless you. 😊

    1. Becky Hastings

      It is funny how full and intricate the simplest truths can be. Looking forward to learning as I share! 🙂

  5. These four questions are great! And the four words, short and sweet, sum it all up.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Sarah 🙂

  6. Hey Becky! I love this! This is a topic I write on often too and I look forward to your series! Keep it up! The world needs this message.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Micah! I can’t wait to check out your site. I think the world is thirsty for understanding how simple our walk with God can be.

  7. Wise counsel, Becky! And words I needed to read right this moment! I just love coming here for the encouragement you share! Thanks for boldly loving others with your words! Blessings!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Liz, your comments always mean so much and are so full of exactly what I need! Thanks for being you!

  8. I love the simplicity of these four words, Becky. Why do we make things so complicated?
    Thank you for putting things in the right perspective.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Marva. And I think I’m the queen of complicating things!

  9. This is so great and such a great reminder!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Erica!

  10. These 4 words speak volumes! Thank you for the perspective and the reminder of how simple it really is. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s amazing how full 4 words can be!

  11. Love God. Love Others… Yes, that pretty much sums it up! And how much better would our world be ( and others,too) if that was our focus. 🙂 Great reminder Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Imagine that world! 🙂

  12. Hello???!!!! You nailed it! Amen and Amen!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thank you friend!

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