Have you found yourself having a desire to serve others, but struggle with knowing knowing exactly what it is you should do. This is exactly how I felt for so many years. I have always known that I had a call in my heart to help others. I can recall times in my younger years telling whoever would listen I was going to work for God one day. This desire to work for God origionated from words He whispered to my heart.
Over the years I searched for ways to work for God. I had know real clue what it meant or what I was to do, so I tried several things along the way. I looked for ways to volunteer to help those in need. I took biblical study courses, became an associate minister in church. I taught Sunday school, and sang in the choir. I even became a nurse because nursing is a way to help others and surely this was what God was calling me to do.
I have no regrets for all God has allowed me to do because my motive was to please God and serve others, which is ultimately what God desires. However, something was always missing. It’s as if I was doing good things for the right reasons, but never really honoring who God created me to be and do in life. That’s the reason I continue to pray and listen to my heart, waiting on God to tell me what He really wants me to do for Him.
1 Peter 5: 2 says…
“to be shepherds of the flock that God gave you and to take care of it willingly, as God wants you to, and not unwillingly. Do your work, not for mere pay, but from a real desire to serve.”
Having a real desire to serve is key. I realize now that I don’t have to preach in order to share the good news of God’s word and I do not have to be a nurse to help people, even though I do enjoy doing both. What I did was figure out how to align God’s will for me to share His word and help others in a way that reflect what I love to do, my passions.
I like this quote by Howard Thurman…
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
When God called two of His first disciples called Simon (Peter) and Andrew, they where out by the sea doing what they loved to do; fishing. Jesus said to them, “Come, follow me! I will teach you how to catch people instead of fish.” God never intends for us to forsake our passion to follow Him; instead, He uses our passions as a way to win others to Christ and show others how to succeed in life as kingdom citizen.
When we are able to please God and come alive by following our passions, our heart’s call, then other’s will see the good that God is doing in our life and that will inspire others to make positive changes in their lives and help them move forward in life with confidence.
Mindful Living Tip– Answer the questions. What is your heart calling you to do, to become? What are you passionate about? How can you align your heart’s calling and your passions with God’s purpose in a way that honors God, serves others, and brings joy and fulfillment to your life?