Organize Your Attitude #6
If there’s one thing that derails our attitudes, it’s feeling overwhelmed and uncertain about what we should actually be doing.
There are so many options, so many opportunities. We simply must say no at times, but how can we know when we should say no and when we need to be stretched by saying yes?
The answer lies in our vocations.
Vocation literally means calling. It is much more than a job, although it includes your jobs. They are statements of the primary roles you play in life.
We each have ways of functioning that fit us, as persons. Our vocations are made up of the big responsibilities we’re given.
God has called us to particular good works, and He has not called us to do every good work. Taking time to clarify our vocations is an exercise that helps us discern those things God is calling us to so we can release the guilt of not doing the good works He’s called others to do.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. –Ephesians 2:10
To call our roles vocations is to remind ourselves that we do not determine our own mission or our own destiny. We don’t need a mission statement so much as we need to sit back and notice how God has gifted us and what God has given us.
Has He created you as a person and called you His child? That is a vocation.
Has He given you a husband and children? That is a vocation.
Has He given you roles in people’s lives or skills that serve the church or the community? That might be a vocation, or it might be a distraction or temptation.
What we are called to in one season of our life will not necessarily be what we are called to for our whole life.
It takes wisdom, prayer, and discussion with our husband and a good friend to determine what should be on our plates right now.
The first step in working that out and having categories and filters to run opportunities through is finding and naming your vocations.
I created a free guide to help you do just that. It is only the beginning of the discussion, but it is an essential beginning.