New Year, Realizing our Calling
Here we are in the last week of 2017, on the cusp of a New Year. Many use it as an occasion to get together, have parties and enjoy the season. It is great to be able to be with friends and loved ones at this time of year, but there is more to this changing of years. Might I suggest that we use this shift of year to re-examine our lives. I am not suggesting the usual New Year’s resolutions that get broken by the end of January. Instead, I am talking about looking at our Purpose for being here on this planet at this time.
So many of us go through life drifting from one experience to another and never realize that we have a Calling in life. Did you know that you have been given specific Gifts and Talents in order to fulfill a Calling in life? God has put them within us. Think of it like a battery with stored potential energy just waiting to be used at the proper moment. We can just leave that battery on a shelf and over time the energy within it just wanes and disappears. However, our Battery is a renewable energy Battery. When we get plugged into the Holy Spirit Source for our Energy, it does not wane or leak away. Once we get into God’s Source through study and enjoyment of His Word, Prayer and Listening to His Leading by the Holy Spirit, it becomes the Ultimate Renewable Energy Source on the face of the earth.
The first step is to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life. The next step is to Listen to His Leading and follow Him. What you Hear may not always make sense to your analytical mind, but you will be surprised by the places He will take you. Sometimes it can be as simple as changing your usual route to work in your car, seeing a different person as you drive by and Praying that God would Bless them that day. It can be as grand as pursuing a new career in a new city…or anything in between.
More often than not, it is the minute things that you would normally ignore in your daily routine, done with a different attitude, with the intention to look outwardly to help others or brighten their day. Just be ready to follow the Leading of the Holy Spirit minute by minute, looking beyond yourself, to follow a Path you might have ignored before. Before you know it, these moments in time will add up to a new Calling, Purpose and Fulfillment in your life. It starts with a single Decision to yield your will to the Will of God for your life. Then it is all about being tuned to the ‘frequency’ of the Voice of God through the Holy Spirit tugs on your Heart…and doing what that Voice says, one simple act after another.
2018 has the potential to be the most interesting and adventure-filled year of your life and it can start with the simplest decision to Listen to a Heart beyond your own. Oh, the places He will take you! May you be tremendously Blessed in 2018.
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Judith Utman is the author of Voices in the Wilderness.