Called? or Qualified?

What’s the difference?  Most of us are qualified to do many things.  You could right now write a list of everything you feel qualified to perform and create a resume.  What about called to do?  Ever feel like you just fell into your current position, or once upon a time you thought, “this is what I want”, but now you feel stuck because where else would you go, who could pay you what you need to be paid to meet the bills, and maybe you’ve invested in retirement. 

All of us have had that question asked, “If you could do whatever you want as a career or job without any constraints what would you do?”  Have you ever noticed you go to a hobby that you enjoy, a wild dream, or something you’ve always wanted to cultivate?  Sometimes it seems so silly, you would never tell the person who asked you that question what you were thinking, so you make up something else. Or you hesitantly share and qualify it by saying, “You know that would never pay the bills so…….”

Don’t you have this Debbie dreamer side that gets slapped down with the practical Patty side? Debbie and Patty just duke it out in your mind.  What if?  If you are reading the Circle Maker, he dares you to dream big dreams, claim big promises, and to not demand them immediately, but to know He has the power and trust He will answer in His way, in His time, but NEVER STOP PRAYING AND BELIEVING!  NEVER!

One insignificant part of the book grabbed me. 

“The issue is never, “Are you qualified?”  The issue is always, “Are you called?”  I make this distinction between qualified and called with aspiring writers all the time.  Too many authors worry about whether or not their book will get published.  That isn’t the question.  The question is this: Are you called to write? That’s the only question you need to answer.   And if the answer is yes, then you need to write the book as an act of obedience.  It doesn’t matter whether anyone reads it or not.” (Batterson, page 77)

So what is it that God has called you to do, and insert that into the paragraph above.  Discerning God’s call is tricky sometimes because what we desire and want may not be in line with what God is calling you to do.  It’s like when your child wants to do something that they are set on, crying about, begging you for, yet you know without a shadow of doubt that it would not be in their best interest.  God is like that for us.  He is our perfect parent trying to get our attention through prayer, His Word, and other believers to help guide and direct us. 

If you go back and research all the folks in God’s Word that followed God’s calling a common theme of them being afraid, feeling unqualified, and mistakes a long the way existed.  It almost seems if it’s impossible to comprehend it’s what God is calling you to do!  If you are scared to death – a good sign!  Why?  Just like our children, God wants us to grow and gain insight and skills beyond our current status.  If you are a parent, do you want your child stagnant, immature, not growing in knowledge and wisdom?  Same with God – He wants to make you mighty for Him, and for you to believe that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you.  Just like children, we can refuse to grow up, or fight it and be sitting in time out for a while.  God gets that too.  He is a merciful, patient God who will draw you, show you, and stretch you.

I dare you to pray circles around your calling.  If you don’t know your calling, ask Him!  Listen to others encouraging you in your gifts, and really pray and seek Him about what He wants you to do with your life.  How would you answer that question then?  What would you do out of obedience to the call regardless if someone hears it, reads it, follows it, buys it, uses it, eats it, believes it?

There is an expression from my mother that’s been passed down through the years, “Bloom where you are planted!”  Where are you planted?  Wherever you are planted right now is your calling for the moment.  Bloom there.  Show others and God that you can be trusted, work hard, and make changes right where you are working or performing.  God might take your roots and plant you some place else and call you to bloom somewhere else in due time, but for now trust God for the moment with open hands and heart for wherever He may lead you. 

Get ready for the next step, and when He says move – MOVE!

Prayers are not POOF! MAGIC!  Prayers are claiming promises for things to come, waiting patiently on the Lord, and having the faith that He will deliver. Dream BIG , believe, TRUST HIM!  Watch the Spirit move in your life.  The dream you are dreaming is small potatoes compared to what HE HAS PLANNED FOR YOU! 

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us,  Ephesians 3:20

I would love to know your BIG dream…….

Someone recommended this book: Sheila Walsh:  God has a Dream for Your Life:  It’s never too late to remember who you are, it’s never too late to dream big dreams and discover that God loves you in ways you cannot yet imagine.

Do you dare believe in a God who wants to make your dreams come true? It seems like there is no time to dream these days. Yet the Bible is full of dreamers―those who exchanged their old dreams for new ones, and those who received unexpected dreams from God that changed the course of history. Best-selling author Sheila Walsh gives warm-hearted stories of real people, interwoven with biblical insight, to help you discover God’s dream for your life.

(On a personal note, Sheila Walsh’s testimony is moving.  She suffered abuse as a child and later in life dealt with this trauma through Christian counseling and went from deep depression, a change of focus on her career because she chose to talk about it and share her pain, to VICTORY!)  

My niece Amanda shared with me that God loves to take broken pieces and turn them into beautiful dreams! Imagine all your broken pieces created into a mosaic picture – YOUR LIFE CREATED INTO BEAUTY BY HIM!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Charlene says:

    Hi Anna – you know you could always use my testimony as well! I followed a dream I had for years – everyone thought I was crazy for opening my own massage therapy place in today’s economy, but I followed my heart and here I am! God brings me people that need His touch through my hands – to heal, to listen and to help them live life more fully – with less pain and less medication. People are beginning to realize that massage is not a luxury, but an integral part of a health and wellness plan! There is nothing better than having a dream and being able to live it! God is doing amazing things in me, through me and around me!


    1. Char! You have such a BIG DREAM testimony! YES! I’m going to give you a shout about a BIG DREAM I have about telling it!


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