This blog is from a presentation that I gave at our Step Above Camp last week.
What do we use our cell phones for?
To talk to people, to play games, to go on social media, to check the weather, to read
Our phone has many purposes. Let’s apply that to ourselves. What is our purpose? What is your calling? When the times come, will you be able to answer the calling you received?
Today we will discuss what having a calling means, people who have found their calling in life, the path you need to take to find your calling and what to do once you have found it.
All of you have a purpose; you have strengths, talents, abilities, and goals. There are many things that you can do. The important thing is that you understand what having a calling means to you and for you. So let’s talk about it. What do you think it means to have a calling?
What should your calling give you? What should it give others?
Some people find their calling early in life, others later. Let’s talk about some of these people.
Michael Jordan began playing basketball as a child and practiced daily. His practice paid off, in 1984, he joined the NBA playing for the Chicago Bulls. He won MVP and became very successful. He was born to play.
Mother Teresa served many people in many ways by dedicating her life to service. She founded the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. Her organizations established hospice, centers for the blind and disabled. In 1979 she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her humanitarian work.
Jim Parsons who plays Sheldon Cooper on the Big Bang Theory made his acting debut in a school play at age 6. He went on to be in theater and do off Broadway plays in New York, finally landing his starring role as Sheldon Cooper in 2007, a role he was born to play.
J.K. Rowling came up with the idea of Harry Potter while riding on a train. She didn’t become a writer until then. By the time she wrote Harry Potter, she had married, divorced, and was raising a daughter. She became one of Britain’s wealthiest women even surpassing the Queen herself. J. K. Rowling has since gone on to write other novels as well, but she will remembered for writing Harry Potter.
Rachel Ray says that she was born into food and that everyone in her family cooks. She is best known for her 30 Minute Meals show on the Food Network. Her background includes teaching cooking classes in Albany, New York. Rachel Ray has two additional T.V. shows on the food network; she was clearly born to cook.
Known for bringing sexy back, Justin Timberlake got his start singing on Star Search and later starred on The Mickey Mouse Club with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Justin was a member of NSYNC, one of the biggest boy bands in the 90’s. He later made a solo album in 2002, Justified followed up by Crazy Sexy Love in 2006. Justin writes and records his songs. He is multi-talented having made a clothing line, acted in movies while continuing to make music. Justin was made to entertain the world.
Think about people in your own life that you feel have found their calling, maybe it’s a teacher, or a coach. What makes you know that they found their calling? What sets them apart? What can you learn from them that can help you figure out their calling?
Everyone has a path to how they find their calling, but within the path are steps to take to get you where you want to go.
Once you have found your calling, what do you do then? Is your journey over? No, it is just beginning. You have to keep learning and growing. Understand that your calling is not your title; it’s what you do within that title that matters. Teachers do so much more than teach, doctors do more than heal, and singers do more than sing. Jon Bon Jovi singer and songwriter said on Oprah that music was what he did, it wasn’t who he was and that the music was wonderful, but it was just a vehicle to go about this incredible journey. Your calling maybe to do service like Mother Teresa which means that your calling comes from volunteering and not necessarily from your job. This is okay as long as you feel that you are fulfilling your calling then you will be successful. Do all you can to be an expert at your calling.
You will probably have many jobs in your lifetime as long as you are using your skills, talents, abilities, and goals you will be able to succeed in your calling.