Purpose vs. Call

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This verse works so well with today’s post. God has a plan for each & every one of us. Every person ever created, ever born is given a purpose by God. Our purpose is the work God wants us to do during our time here. Everyone has a purpose. Not everyone fulfills their purpose. Some decide to ignore their purpose, following a path of their own choosing, resisting the signals that urge them to follow a certain path. Some people even make a terrible decision as they fight their purpose.

Only believers, Christians have a call. Our call is our way of helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Your call might not be in ministry. In fact, some of the most powerful calls are outside the church. These calls enable us to impact our families, communities & beyond in very powerful ways.

With our purpose, God leads us to the tools we need to fulfill it. We have experiences, we have an education, the people in our lives, our personalities. Our call, once again, goes further. For our call, God not only leads us to those tools, He also provides us with Spiritual gifts & the Holy Spirit. These 2 things enable us to go beyond anything we thought possible with our own abilities.

I know this may seem confusing so let me give you some examples. Your purpose might be teaching. Your call might be reaching out to underserved children. You purpose might be raising your family. Your call might be volunteering in the neighborhood or focusing on the spiritual development of your children. You might have the purpose of working in an office or in a entry level job. Your call might be to encourage & support your co-workers, to create a more positive work environment.

Currently, Mr. D (my hubby) works overnights at Walmart. Not the most glamorous job but it helps support us as we build our ministry. It’s a job that allows him to pray as he works. It’s a job he can leave easily when God leads him to the next step. For now, Mr. D’s call is to encourage & support his co-workers. He remains positive. He helps the women lift items up to hire shelves. I help him remain strong by telling him to stay focused on his current call.It gives him more satisfaction.

In 2017, it’s time to ensure of your purpose, then identify & answer your call. God has a plan for your life. Before you can begin, you need your purpose & your call. So begin already! 🙂

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