Service is How You Find Your Calling

service to the LordThe title of this post comes from friend in my head Chalene Johnson.

“What is my purpose?” and “How do I find God’s will for my life?” are common questions that can begin to be answered when you use your talents to serve others.

Now granted, when it comes to groups, churches, and classes, opportunities for service abound. It’s easy to get discouraged when you see that about 20% of the same people are doing 80% of all the work. That just seems to be the way it is. How do you get started in something without the fear of being burned out?

If you’re not sure what to do, try it out. You’ll learn pretty quickly whether or not you’re cut out for the activity you’re doing. It may or may not be easy, but it should bring you joy. And if it doesn’t, let it go.  There’s no condemnation in saying, “That’s not for me.” God wants a relationship with us far more than just us doing stuff for Him. You could drive yourself nuts joining clubs, boards and ministries, running yourself ragged, going here and there every day to sit in meetings, go places, etc. etc.

This leads to the crux of the matter, which is serving from the heart: if you’re called by God to do something [not if you’re volun-told], He will anoint you for it. It may not be smooth sailing all the way, but your spirit will be edified by the work. You’ll go away from it at the end knowing that you were meant to do it, that you as a person are better for doing it, and that you made a positive difference in someone else’s life.


“Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth.” – Shirley Chisholm