In his book, The Call, Os Guinness beautifully defines the term calling basically as this:
Calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.
Do you believe that you were designed by a unique God for a unique purpose?
Last week, I ended my Divine Design Pt. 1 post asking this question:
How do we now live as we grow in our understanding of how we were divinely designed?
Perhaps I’ve sought to understand this more now that I have kids.
I see my children, particularly my oldest, having certain bents toward certain skills and passions. I yearn with all my heart for them…to not become jaded and to continue to live that out into their adult years with the same gusto they have now. I want to give them to society one day prepared completely to interact with the world using their unique gifts.
I see it happening already in my seven year old. Everything he interacts with in his little world is impacted by his desire to build, create and transform. My heart leaps for joy when I see it.
I wonder if my heavenly Father leaps for joy when He sees me living out how He made me. Saying yes to something I’m made for. Making the time to explore what it is I’m created for.
I asked myself a few times this week if this topic fits into my blog theme. I’ve come to the conclusion that yes…it does fit with my theme. For one of the ways I see God work restoration and renewal in our world and lives is through His people.
Personal Mission Statement
Amy Jung is gifted in Wisdom, Exhortation, Teaching, Mercy/Compassion and Craftsmanship/Artistry. She is called by God to help people grow in their walk with or towards the Lord through one-on-one lay-counseling/mentoring and through writing. She is particularly called to those who are in need of emotional and spiritual healing.
I will continue producing promotions and writings for my church and seeking out women in the church to counsel/mentor; taking one or two classes at Covenant Seminary per year in order to have a good theological foundation for counseling and writing; and practicing writing. I will begin taking Christian writing classes and looking into the possibility of training in lay-counseling.
Five years after writing these two paragraphs, I can say that I still feel this information is accurate, though my implementation strategy continues to change. This is what you will end up with at the end of the process though. A statement that resonates with what you have always known in your heart but perhaps haven’t put words to.
The Equipping the Saints workbook is to be done over time…not overnight! It is a bank of tests about yourself based on personality, spiritual gifts, talents and virtues. When completed, you are to put the wealth of information together to form a mission statement and plan. Perhaps you could work through a section once a week for a month or two.
However it is completed, it doesn’t matter as long as you get to the end it will be well worth it if you haven’t worked through a process like this.
Blessings to you as you live out this one unique you designed by God!
Image: Michaelangelo, The Creation of Man, illusionsgallery.com
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