This is a post is part of a series based on questions from Steve Wiens' book Beginnings. To learn more, check out this post. I love for you to join me by linking up with your own post, or commenting below.
Today's question comes from page 76, at the end of the chapter called "Seeds." It is a chapter that asks about what gifts within us are longing to be born.
Last year, my One Word 365 was TOV. That's what this chapter is all about.
Questions about gifts and purpose and calling and "what is God's will for our lives" tend to loom large in Christian circles. Naming our gifts can feel like standing in the street naked... in the winter... with a crowd looking on. Is the vulnerability worth it? Meanwhile, the idea of God's will can feel like a frantic search for the x on a treasure map. If we don't get to just the right spot, will we miss it?
All this leads to a tension. On the one hand, we feel the pull to live a life of purpose and meaning. We long to use the gifts within us to bring good things to the world. On the other hand, we feel the pull to avoid the questions that feel too big and risky to answer.
Which is why I love turning questions of calling into questions of delight. We may not be able to articulate our best gifts, but we can often name what brings us joy. What if reflecting on the things that delight us is what opens the door to learn more about our truest selves? What if it shrinks the big questions into pieces we can move towards one step at a time?
Here's my challenge for all of us today. Let's make a list- What are the big and small things we do that bring our souls gladness, joy, and fulfillment? Here are some of mine:
- Engaging in deep, meandering conversations in which no one notices how much time has passed.
- Eating delicious food.
- Teaching the Scriptures and helping people see their relevance.
- Helping people unlock their potential.
- Listening to music I love.
- Running through the woods on a beautiful day.
- Watching people's eyes light up with the reality of learning something new at just the right moment.
- Leading a meeting. (Seriously. I have so much fun leading engaging meetings, and I hate sitting through boring ones.)
- Hosting people at my house.
- Laughing with my children.
- Snuggling with my husband.
Now, let's look through our lists- Are there any threads connecting pieces? How might those threads lead us?
For me, the most noticeable thread is people. I am a people-person through and through. This tells me something important about how God has wired me and what kinds of seeds I may be designed to plant in this world.
Maybe with lists like these, the question of calling can feel a little less scary... and a lot more fun.
Your turn: What are you doing when your soul is deeply glad?
If you are a blogger, link up with your post below. If you are not a blogger, you can also link up to an Instagram post, how cool is that? Or, maybe now is the the time to step out of the shadows and respond with a comment. I promised I will reply to all comments left.
Now it's time for next week's question, from page 109 of Beginnings, "How would you describe the season you find yourself in these days?"
Come back next week to link up and respond.