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Finding Joy in a Simple Calling

The idea of a 4 word calling can feel anything but simple. Sometimes it seems easier to accept the idea of big, grand plans and purpose than to walk out your anything for God in small steps.

Big feels like a celebration; small feels, well, small.

Embracing the idea of a big calling feels like accepting a medal at the end of a marathon. It’s easy to see the prize without regard for the work that went into it. It’s easy to forget how you get to the finish line.

A marathon is won with thousands of ordinary, tiny steps. Click To Tweet

I don’t know about you, but the medal at the end sounds a lot better than ordinary, tiny steps. But here’s the part we overlook:

If we find joy in the medal, we have joy for a moment.

If we find joy in the steps, we have joy for the whole race.

I want bigger, longer, daily joy. And if that’s really what we long for we need to make peace with the ordinary, simple calling on our lives. Changing our perspective can change our days.

Instead of looking to be the popular one with lots of friends, be a good friend to one.

Instead of lamenting the messy house, thank God for your home.

Instead of striving for bigger tomorrows, ask God how He wants to use you today.

Instead of wishing for a better marriage, do something kind for your spouse.

Instead of running endlessly to give your kids everything, stop and give them your presence.

It is in these simple pursuits that we will take joy filled steps day after day. It is in these steps that we will move closer to Jesus. It is in these simple steps that we will walk in our calling.


This is the final post in a series devoted to calling and purpose. You can find the other posts here:

Your Calling (in 4 Words)

Can My Calling Really Be That Simple

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

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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.

30 Replies

  1. I feel like you’ve been the yen to my yang with this series. Each week you’ve challenged me to see things in an ever so slightly different way. Thanks for your beautiful perspective! XO

    1. Becky Hastings

      I love how God does this!

  2. Thank you for the reminder that as I find joy in the simple days, God is still and always leading me to walk in His purposes.

    1. Becky Hastings

      So glad He walks with us even when we forget to walk with Him.

  3. I prefer daily joy too! I need to keep seeing it this way. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      daily joy. daily joy. daily joy. (We’ll keep saying it together!)

  4. Becky, delighted to be landing on your site again from…well, one of those linkups. 😉 Anyway, finding daily joy in the ordinary moments of life sounds good to me.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Doesn’t that sound wonderful? And I fully believe God will give that to us when we seek it!

  5. Becky, I love that idea of taking joy in each step of race (instead of just in the medal). Joy over time instead of just in one moment. So inspiring!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks Betsy! 🙂 Preaching to myself here!

  6. Changing our perspective can change our days. So true! The tough part is that we have to shake life up and WORK at adjusting our perspective and I think that is the pickle for a lot of people because it takes work. 🙂

    1. Becky Hastings

      Oh, you had to go and say the four letter word, didn’t you?! 😉

  7. I’m not sure if you’re a runner, but I love exercise of all kinds (even when I don’t feel well). Some people may call me a zealot, but now I can explain why I do it – I get great joy in each step and rep!
    I enjoyed this practical analysis to my walk with God in life, too. Great series!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks for being here Nicki! I love when we can find practical ways to combine our faith and our lives! And for the record….not.a.runner. Ever. 😉

  8. It is really amazing how simple choosing joy can be, isn’t it? Your analogy for running is exactly what I tell my kids and coach into my runners. It’s all about taking that next step and moving forward. But sometimes it is so hard to apply that to other things in our life, especially the ones we want to see results but are not sure of how to get them.

    Great post!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Believe me, Dawn, I know about wanting those results!

  9. Oh Becky, so much good stuff in here. Love this line: “If we find our joy in the medal, we have joy for a moment. If we find our joy in the steps, we have joy for the whole race.” — Such truth. Good reminder to stay faithful to the ordinary, for that is where the good life is found. Love this. Thanks for sharing with #ChasingCommunity today, Becky. 🙂 ((xoxo))

    1. Becky Hastings

      The ordinary is full of opportunity to love people!

  10. “If we find joy in the medal, we have joy for a moment. If we find joy in the steps, we have joy for the whole race.” Love, love, love. Thank you for challenging me to find joy in the steps God has set out before me today. Stopping by from Grace & Truth!

    1. Becky Hastings

      One step at a time friend!

  11. I love your encouragement to focus on the moment. In a busy schedule, it’s easy to focus on finishing, rather than what’s going on around you–in the lives of the people God puts in your path. Thanks for this, today!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Sometimes I forget to open my eyes. Not literally, of course! But to really look at all the opportunity around us. We walk through mission fields every day!

  12. Oh, my — I am not a process person and do have trouble enjoying the journey. Your words hit close to home, Becky!

    1. Becky Hastings

      I understand completely!

  13. Bonnie Fournier

    I am currently content in my calling. I am on disability and have all the time to spend with my children that I wanted to spend with them when they were youngsters. I do feel guilty that I am not contributing enough to society. I don’t know how to accept this gift. They meant it for bad but God used it for good.

    1. Becky Hastings

      Oh, Bonnie. I don’t know whether to say I’m sorry or I’m happy for you. Hard things are like that sometimes, aren’t they? Such a blessing to be able to see the good in it and spend that time with your kids!

  14. Becky- this was great! I want daily joy too, so I need to change my perspective. Tiny steps are still steps in the right direction!

    1. Becky Hastings


  15. Becky, so glad to find you! Have you read Parker Palmer’s “Let Your Life Speak”? I was rereading it just this morning, before finding your blog. I think you would enjoy his writing and perspective. Thanks for these good reminders.

    1. Becky Hastings

      I’m so glad you’re here Kathy! I haven’t read that…I will definitely have to check into it! Thanks for the recommendation!

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