Do you feel like you live in the shadow of other people? Perhaps you feel like what you have to offer is nothing more than ordinary. The cycle of the everyday life just goes on and on.
We hear about great heroes of the faith, those like D.L. Moody or Billy Graham, who moved mountains, and it is hard to imagine living up to that. Sometimes, the Christian calling can feel like more of a comparison contest- who is doing better, who has more followers, who has the innovative ideas.
If that is you today, feeling like your work in the Kingdom is not much special, here are words of truth for today.
1) There are seasons in each calling.
We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to have everything together and to act like we know it all, but the truth is there are seasons in our calling. There are times of growth, times of quiet, times of running repeatedly into a wall, and each of those seasons are for a God-given purpose. Maybe you need that season of frustration to wear off some of your pride and to surrender your calling back fully. Maybe you need that season where not much feels like it is occurring to press deep into the intimacy of relationship with Christ to be renewed.
2) To quote C.S. Lewis, “Comparison is the thief of all joy.”
How much time do we spend worrying over what and how others are doing things? Christ called us to freedom, not to the slavery of others’ opinions. We would have much more time to devote to our actual calling, if we cut out the time worrying over others’ actions and focused in on carrying out the original work to which God called us. The beautiful piece is this also frees us to experience authentic joy in this communion with Christ.
3) Go back to the original call.
If we find ourselves struggling with our specific callings, often it is necessary to go back to the general calling to Christians- to glorify God. We can line up our actions with this general call and continue to walk in faith. As we take time to re-center upon this original call, it becomes more clear how our specific callings fall in line with this.
4) Chase after joy.
Scripture says that God has set eternity in the human heart, so that divine itch you feel is worth holding on to and pursuing. Remember the things that break your heart yet bring it alive; reclaim those feelings. Yes, life may feel a bit like drudgery on occasion, but there are tastes of joy spread throughout life that makes us long for eternity. Chase after joy, and the burdens of this life pale.