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Can or Called?

How do you want to live…purposefully, worthily, sensibly, or as the unwise and witless? Maybe you’re too busy to think about this question!But it’s worth stopping to think of your answer. And how should we teach our children to live? Surely we would all answer “purposefully, worthily, and sensibly.” Most of us work to instill character qualities like honesty, integrity, kindness, and faith in God into our children’s lives, and we seek to live these qualities out before them. But there is more…

Schedules filled with activities are likely found in all of our homes, and they only become more complicated as our families grow. We need time for extended family, friends, church activities, and all the classes and sports teams our children want to join. It is valuable to allow our children to try different activities to see what they excel in, and even as adults we need that outlet! Hobbies and sports are healthy for everyone to enjoy. But there is a difference between what we can do and what we are called to do. God gives gifts and talents to each of us to accomplish the things He created us for. When we desire to please Him with our life, we will have to choose to focus on these areas with much of our energy and time, and teach our children to do the same. Learning to choose between what we can do well, and what our calling is takes time and is a process.

Some are called to be parents, some are called to teach others, some serve in the medical field, some are pastors. There are as many callings as there are people! But God will show each of us what our calling is if we only ask. And it’s never too late! As the seasons of life change, our calling often changes too. God’s Word is our guide. “Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people,) Ephesians 5:15 (Amplified Bible)

Are you still looking for your life’s calling? Your Creator has the answer, and there is no more joy found in life than the joy of living in what you are called to do…but have a little fun with what you can do, too!

About Lisa

My husband Dan and I have three children and three grandchildren. We live in central Illinois. I am a graduate of The Institute of Children's Literature, a member of faithwriters.com, and a member of SCBWI. My writings have been published at chirstiandevotions.us, in DevotionMagazine, the PrairieWind Newsletter, and here at thebottomline.co.

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  1. Thanks for making this distinction, Lisa. I think there are a lot of people, including Christians, who are not living their lives intentionally, or they are doing things that God never intended for them to do. This is revealed mostly in how one uses their time and the activities in which they are involved. There is nothing wrong, of course, with good wholesome fun and recreation, and we all need that, but the issue is, as you say, knowing one’s focus. Great article.

  2. Really enjoyed this piece…and I love the title. Great, easy phrase to pierce the heart when making decisions!

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