When The Calling Changes

We are all called to do certain things. It is important to understand what to do when the calling changes.

Life is not static. It is an ever-changing evolution and process of growth. As a result, we must be able to change and adapt when needed.

Each of us has a calling in life, a purpose that we must fulfill. Our calling is usually tied to a passion and not only allows us to serve others in some capacity but also brings us joy as well.

We must understand that our calling can change. As we grow mentally, physically and spiritually, we can do more than we could before or take on something new that we would not have been able to do earlier.

Growth is a natural part of life. We live, we learn, and hopefully, we get wiser. It is up to us to figure out what to do with that newfound wisdom when it comes.

I have been called to do many things over the years. When I reject or ignore those callings, life becomes more difficult. It is only when I accept and follow the calling that I am at peace and find joy.

Understanding our callings and knowing what to do about them are two different things, a topic for tomorrow, perhaps. For now, just know that usually, there is learning involved when we begin to follow and fulfill our purpose.

Don’t be afraid of the end of one calling. It usually means another is on its way. Listen and take time to reflect, and you will find that you know what to do next.

When I wrote the Letters from God series, I had been called for several years to do it. I started it, had all the topics outlined and then stopped. Why? Simply put, I didn’t know what to do with it. I set it on the shelf until I could figure it out. Between doing that and setting up my website, I was called to do an inspirational book. I had learned not to fret or worry when I wasn’t sure what would come next, I always trust God to lead me.

When I set up my website to list my books, I was told that I needed to blog. I had to learn about everything from setting up my site to what is involved in a blog. During that time, a whisper came. It was low at first but grew more prominent with each blog I wrote. That whisper was my calling. The words were simple, ‘It’s time for the Letters. Write one every Sunday for one year.’

I blogged the letters from God consistently because this calling I knew came from God, entrusted to me and meant for those who needed the words. From the start I never worried about who read them, liked them or didn’t. I just wrote. In the end, I wasn’t sure what came next, but someone reached out and asked me to create a book. The whisper said, ‘it will reach more people, do it, my child.’ That is how 52 Sundays came to be.

I never worried there wouldn’t be another calling because, by nature, I am called to write. There are always many works in progress with me, but I always stop and listen to see if anything else is requested. As a writer, I had these conversations that I would write in the middle of the night. Often the next morning, I’d read them because I usually didn’t remember writing them.

One day the voice whispered again, ‘Share your conversations. Ask the people what they would ask me, and I will answer.’ This is how the blog Conversations with God came to be. I shared some of my own conversations, which, if I’m being honest, was very nerve-racking. My internal voice kept saying, ‘people will think you’re crazy,’ but I did it because that is what God called me to do. Eventually, it will become a book, and some people will like it and others not, and that is okay. I fulfilled the request made of me; I wrote, I shared, and at times I bared my own fears.

Once again I find myself wondering what will be next, but the voice says, ‘rest and enjoy your writing.’ Today I plan on doing that. I will still blog and share my quotes with everyone, but I plan to get back to my fictional series.

I shared this with you because I want you to understand that callings can change, and that is okay. As long as we are open to the changes, we can receive some wonderful gifts. My works are read in 75 countries worldwide, and I have chatted with people from many of those places. That would not have happened without the first calling, or if I ignored the calling and didn’t do it.

So live your passion, your true authentic life and fulfill your purpose. Keep your head up, be alert and listen for your callings. They will come, and they will change.

Never be afraid of what will happen when the calling changes.

Free inspirational or motivational posts can be found on the inspirational page of Leslie’s website.

Published by Leslie Dobson

Leslie has been writing since she was a young child, first with poetry and short stories and later with song lyrics, young adult stories and inspirational sayings. She is a multi-genre author and her blogs and books come when and where the Spirit leads.

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