“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (Colossians 2:6–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – We were challenged in our small group this week to explain our calling to someone. So here goes. Although raised in the church and coming to faith at an early age (eleven), I coasted in my relationship with Christ during adolescence and early adulthood. Then, a few years before we had children, I became involved in an intensive two-year discipleship study developed by The Navigators called the 2:7 series (based on Colossians 2:7). While it kind of jump started my walk, I declined the second year for one reason: I would be expected to lead at least one of the weekly sessions. I thought there was no way I could do that. I feared doing that.
Fast-forward ten to fifteen years when my Pastor (Steve Persson) and Associate Pastor (Bill Badal) asked me to team with them to lead an Adult Bible Fellowship (“ABF”) that they were planning. It was hard to turn down their “request,” so I reluctantly agreed. It wasn’t long before I learned that I had a bit of a knack for it. It was not a natural talent, mind you, but something God had called me to and gifted me for. Before too long, maybe a year or so, a “strange” thing happened. First my Pastor, then my Associate Pastor, disengaged from the ABF due to other “commitments.” My suspicion is that this was their intent all along. Launch me and let me go. Apparently, they saw potential in the one thing I thought I could not do.
I’ve now been teaching off and on in our church for about twenty-five years. During that time, I also learned that I enjoyed writing, and could turn a good phrase or two. So, my lessons became outlines, and my outlines became three books (self-published, but read by few). About three and a half years ago, as many of you know, I began blogging. In fact, many of my early blogs were taken from my class outlines and books. Over those three and a half years, I’ve only missed posting a new blog a hand full of days. Such has become my calling.
My Advice – Don’t be surprised if God calls you to do the one thing you think you could never do and even feared doing. If He calls you to it, He will see you (and gift you) through it. And don’t be surprised if you discover that the one thing you once feared doing is now the one thing you enjoy doing the most.