Are Calling & Career Different?
Part 2

Following Part 1, I offer 7-more things that characterise and authenticate calling.

Third, as your career/calling develops, it is most important not to compare yourself with others, grading their work and progress against your own. You need to be true to your calling and direction, trusting God’s placement of you and his ability to promote you ate the appropriate time. One job or position is not more important than another. We each have to find, and be satisfied with our own contribution and level of operation. Otherwise self-interest and jealousy can creep in, resulting in dissatisfaction and even bitterness.

Fourth, it’s important to realise that our calling or business will have other people in it, so that there is shared common interest. This is particularly true in the 21st century, since we have the benefit of social media and the internet. You can share your passion with others: The world has become much smaller.

Fifth, if you can achieve your call or passion by your own ability and effort, you may not be seeing the whole picture. If it’s far too big for you then it’s probably from God. He will enable you, and may well join people up with you to facilitate the task in hand. It could be so big a problem that a team of 10’s, 100’s,or even 1000’s will be needed to solve it.

Sixth, a call will usually involve change. You can’t grow without change, and transition is costly. Personal loss is often involved, perhaps without seeing any immediate gain. This is not uncommon when in pursuit of a high or difficult objective. Don’t forget to count the cost beforehand..

Seventh, if your calling/passion doesn’t Challenge you or even take you out of your comfort zone, then it may not be from God. He is primarily concerned with your transformation, rather than your safety. Most of us grow best when we are challenged and stretched. Calling will challenge or take you out of your comfort zone, for the sake of others.

It is worth noting at this point that some people do not need to be driven out of their comfort zone, but simply set a challenge. God is very good at knowing how to approach you, as an individual, to get the best out of you.

Eighth, How do you know that this or that is your calling or passion?Many years ago I heard someone say, “If you can do anything else (other than your calling) then do it”. In other words, it is so compelling that you cannot not do it.

Finally, you may get paid for following your calling, but you are not going to do it for the money. If you expect to, please examine your motives to make sure it’s a calling and not simply a way of making a living.

Calling gives us a sense of purpose and value. But we need to remember: What we do is not who we are. We have value to God for who we are. Knowing this will prevent us from entering what I call achievement idolatry.

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The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but God will make us good because he loves us. C S Lewis
Fear is misplaced faith. Kris Vallotton
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God is not nearly so interested in changing your circumstances as he is in changing you. Joyce Meyer
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Those who never change their mind never change anything. Winston Churchill
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 People who write you off when you fail know nothing about history and even less about life. No person ever fully succeeds until they fully fail. Lance Wallnau 
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no one knows how bad they are until they have tried very hard to be good.. C S Lewis
If we are living daily by faith, we will be constantly over our head; Beyond our ability to do this our that. We should all be in that place in some area of our life. If we are not, we will be like an old wineskin; too rigid and inflexible to receive the Lord's new wine. Rick Joyner
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The God who creates everything, pursues you. Don't let anyone tell you you're are worth less than that. Louie Giglio
In the kingdom, physical obedience brings spiritual release. Bill Johnson
Don't be surprised if you pray for nearness to God and he sends a trial. Nearness always requires dependence. Desiringgod.org
Our corporate worship doesn't meet a need in God, it meets a need in us. Sam Storms
How you feel is not who you are. Feelings are great servants and terrible masters. Kris Vallotton
There is a lot that is good in your life. Don't take it for granted. Don't get so focused on the struggle that you mis the gift of today. Joel Osteen
The enemy commits identity theft when you believe you must earn what God freely gives. Alison Brown
If you agree with your creator and receive what he freely gives, you will have serenity in your identity and confidence in your countenance. David Forster
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got. David Forster
A satisfying and exciting life organises around an identity focused on Jesus, not the church..  Graham Cooke
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Real faith is not faith in an outcome (of a particular situation or circumstance), it's faith in a person. David Forster
Be in no doubt that God will redeem the losses and mistakes of your past life. David Forster
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The devil's finest trick is to persuade you that he doesn't exist. Anon
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Your unfinished destiny is your most potent argument with death. Graham Cooke
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