Sometimes we are called to serve – whether for a moment, a season or a lifetime. We are called to make sacrifices for a greater good; to courageously face challenges head on; to relentlessly pursue the course of right action, even when it may be unwelcome.
We do not heed these callings for our own gain, though there may be moments in which we feel richly rewarded for the work we are called to do. We do not heed these callings for others’ approval, for just as there may be those who love and support us, there are just as many or more who may not only misunderstand, but may actively seek to sabotage us or others in the process.
Callings and convictions are about leaving the comfort and familiarity of the known for the unknown.
Callings and convictions are about leading and living and serving from within, not without.
They are about living from the heart and doing what’s right.
I’m curious…what callings and convictions have you followed on your own life path? What were the lessons learned? What costs, if any, have you encountered for living the courage of your convictions? How have you grown as a result of honoring your own journey?
Postscript: For those who, like me, believe that our lives and journeys and purpose are about something larger than our individual selves, I would add the following: sometimes callings are not so much about our own plans, but about God’s plan for us. While the convictions of our heart sometimes call us to follow a certain path, the purpose of our choice is not always clear, and it is often only in post-mortem analysis that we can begin to see the the real purpose(s) behind a given calling or path.