For much of my adult life, I have had a nagging worry that perhaps I have missed my calling.
Am I really fulfilling the purpose that God created me for? (For more on discovering your purpose in life, click here.)
In the beginning, indecisiveness was partially to blame, along with some bad decisions along they way.
Later, I just had absolutely no idea as to how to put my skills and abilities to the best use.
When I was a little girl, I thought I wanted to be a doctor.
Later on, in high school, I decided that becoming a lawyer might be cool.
My dad told me I should be a teacher.
I went to college, changed my major only once and began my career journey.
Over the course of several years, another degree and lots of twists and turns that I can’t even account for, I ended up in a profession I never intended.
But in hindsight, I can see that God wanted me in this position.
I have learned a lot, and I know He has a purpose when He puts you in a particular place, doing a particular thing.
I hope that the Lord has used me to touch others for His glory through my work as a school counselor.
That said, I have had an itch for a long time to do something different.
In fact, the yearning began about 10 years ago following some workplace happenings that left me shake to the core and disillusioned beyond anything I could have imagined.
At that point, I asked the Lord to get me out of there. I pleaded with Him to “put me where You would have me be.”
You know what He said? “You are where I want you to be.”
Not what I wanted to hear.
But I know that God knows best.
More recently, I have felt that the time is getting closer for me to try something else.
I still need to keep working at my regular job, but I hope that by the time I am eligible for full retirement in about eight years, I will have a good idea of where to go from there.
The point is, for most of my adult life, I have felt that I was missing something. Some untapped set of skills or maybe a gift or talent I could share.
So, what do you do when you feel you have missed your calling?
- Remember that it’s never too late! No matter your age, or how long you have been doing one thing, you can always do something else.
- Believe that your time has not been wasted! All your life experiences have prepared you for this next phase.
- Pray for guidance. This is the most important part. Ask the Lord to guide you as you make this transition.
- Reach for your goals. Be persistent toward answering your calling and never give up! Be willing to do hard things.
- Dream big, but be realistic. Don’t be too quick to quit your day job. With prayer and being receptive to God’s leading, you will know when the time is right to go all in.
And in the meantime?
“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” – Colossians 3:23
If you feel you have missed your calling, don’t despair!
There are lots of people who changed direction and answered their calling later in life.
Just to name a few…
Colonel Sanders founded KFC when he was 65.
Laura Ingalls Wilder published her first book in her 60’s.
Ronald Reagan was first elected to public office at the age of 55.
It wan’t too late for them, and it isn’t too late for us.
So, keep praying and dreaming, hoping and believing.
Set your goals, chase your dreams and let God guide you every step of the way.
The best is yet to come!