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Your career makes a living but your calling makes your life.

So today’s question for you is twofold:

  1. Is your career fulfilling your ambitions?
  2. Have you accepted your calling?

As far as my first question is concerned, many find themselves falling into a particular job or career simply because of circumstances, i.e. It was the only job they could get, while others may have following a childhood dream, or through their academic achievements found certain opportunities opened for them.

Now my second question is for me the more interesting one, as in order to accept your calling, you have to first listen to God as He directs you , and then choose to accept the plan He has for your life.

It may be difficult to change your career, particularly given the current economic climate and lack of job opportunities at present. However it is never too late to say, “Yes”, to God’s calling. So whether you’ve been swithering for a short time, or ignoring God for years, it’s not too late to accept God’s calling now, today!

I hope you enjoy listening to the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ Calls, as the message in this song, reinforces what I’ve written in this blog post:

fitting in

I really liked this picture when I saw it on Facebook a few days ago, probably because it’s so true…many of as are very guilty of spending our lives trying to fit in with the crowd because we think that’s the right thing to do. When actually all God wants us to do is stand out from the crowd.

Let’s all try to stand out for Christ each day instead of blending in with the crowd.

I recently read the following quote on Twitter:

There are no mistakes in life, just lessons.

Yes, things happen in life that hurt and upset us, cause us to question life in general and even question God’s existence, but everything that happens to us, happens for a reason. It’s because there’s a reason for everything happening that we can never make mistakes.

I know that sounds mad as of course we make mistakes! However it’s through our mistakes that we learn, and through our mistakes we learn to put our full faith and trust in God to provide all we need in life…from the smallest thing to the biggest desire, God can, and will, answer them all.

I read the following quote recently on Twitter, and it challenged me:

We see not what we are looking at but what we are looking for – Unknown

It also reminded me of the following saying:

Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees

Yes, I found that both these quotes/sayings reminded me that sometimes we only see or hear what we want to, and not what is actual there/audible. We can often be most guilty of this when it comes to listening to God‘s directions or instructions for us, by pretending we don’t hear Him or convincing ourselves that it’s not really God’s voice we hear.

We must stay focused on reality and more importantly, focused on God, so that we see and hear His instructions for us. Don’t ignore what God wants you to do, as after all He knows best for you and has been looking for you to make a difference in His world.

No matter how much we try to always say and do only what God would want us to say and do, during times of great stress or anger we can all be guilty of saying something which the second we say it, we regret it…and those can often be the fatal words in a relationship.

I read the following statement on Twitter recently:

Be careful with your words. Once they are spoken, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten!

Doesn’t that just sum up perfectly what I was saying? Yes we should be very careful about what we say, particularly in moments of frustration or anger, as those are the words most likely to hurt or upset  the person they are aimed at, and in turn leave a lasting pain which they may forgive, but they will never forget!

Ever wondered if you can rely on God in all situations and in all circumstances?

Well I can answer that for you…God is most definitely the most reliable person you will ever come across.

God’s love for us is unconditional for each and every one of us. God cares for us in every aspect of our lives in which He is part, but as God cares able every part of our life, His care for us is always reliable.

Who is like you, Lord God Almighty? You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. (Psalm 89:8 NIV)

Do you let your feelings and emotions rule your life sometimes? I know I sometimes do, and then I feel annoyed and disappointed at myself for letting them!

If you will stop feeding your feelings, then they will stop controlling you. ~ Joyce Meyer

Yes, it’s true, we are all guilty at times of “feeding” our feelings and therefore letting them rule how we live our lives. But we don’t have to, if we give God all our upsets, annoyances and despairs, He will help us live with them, without letting them rule us anymore.

So go on, give all those things that are ruling your live and controlling your emotions , to God today.

I recently read a the following tweet on Twitter:

Have you ever had a memory that sneaks out your eye and rolls down your cheek

Isn’t that so true even of happy memories never mind the sad ones!

Even as I read that tweet the first time, I felt myself smiling and some pleasant memories coming back into my mind – some of them brought a tear to my eye as some of those memories involved my Dad and life as it used to be with him – as many of you will know my Dad suffers from dementia so life with him is so different now.

It also got me thinking about some friendships which for one reason or another have fallen by the wayside, but at the time had a huge impact on my life for the good.

Just because a memory results in a wee tear sneaking out and down your cheek, doesn’t make it wrong to remember. We just need to be wary of relying too much on our memories, as life is about living today and trying to make a better tomorrow.

In this last weeks, I’ve mentioned a couple of times that I’ve been hurt and upset about some things that were said to me. Things which were completely unfair and founded in nothing but guesswork, and that hurt! (see my earlier blog post entitled Why Oh Why and People!)

If you follow me on Twitter you may also have read one of my tweets from Monday evening when I stated that I’d had a really crappy day on Monday and hoped that my week would only get better…well I am glad to tell you that it did get better!

I just love how when you’re down and feeling really low, friends are there to pick you up and raise your spirits, helping you to see things from a different, more positive perspective. Thanks you my friends…you know who you are!

My working week was rounded off today by meeting up with a friend I’ve not seen for a while, for lunch. We had a good blether and a good laugh. It was just what I needed after some of recent events. Thank you my friend…you know who you are!

What I want to say about this is that I truly believe that having friends come along and lift you up when you’re at your lowest, is God‘s doing. He knows when we’re hurting, He knows when we’re in need, He knows when we need help and He alone is able to send us the help we need. Thank you God, for all you do for me.

Looking forward isn’t just about the future, it’s also about the past!

I know that sounds a bit bizarre, but it is true, the future is as much about things that have not happened yet as they are about the things we’ve already experienced.

Is it making more sense now? How we cope with/handle the events and circumstances that will happen tomorrow is often about the experiences we’ve already had. i.e. Our life experiences help us become the person we are today, as well as making us the person we will become tomorrow. If our life was a bed of roses and we didn’t face any challenges, we would struggle to cope when life did go wrong for us.

When we face new challenges in life, we draw on our other life experiences to cope. However sometimes even that isn’t enough, so how are we supposed to cope?

In a word…pray!

God expects us to learn from our experiences but that doesn’t mean He expects us just to get on with things and forget about Him. The complete opposite is the case, He expects the more we learn about life and about Him, that we will rely on and trust Him more each day for all we need.