“And when they saw the young child with Mary his mother, they fell down and worshipped him…” Matthew 2:11
Once again I am letting one of my very talented children write for me. I’m sure you’ll relate to her post, previously published in the Blossom newsletter, 2015. Here to bless your day is Jana Waddell:
I had an interesting conversation with my sister the other day. We were on a long road trip and somewhere between Portland and that long, boring stretch that happens before Idaho we ended up on the topic of worship. Both Jenn and I love to worship. We love to sing and play instruments and we both serve on our local worship teams.
At one point Jenn asked me how I KNEW for sure that worship is what I am called to do.
It’s interesting how much time and worry we Christians put into figuring out what we are called to do. We stress about making sure we aren’t wasting our time doing things we aren’t called to do and we fret over wondering if we have missed our calling completely.
What if the whole concept of “being called by God” is much, much simpler? What if we are just “called” to do what is right in front of us at the moment? What if we are called to do many different things throughout our lives? What if God is much less concerned about us seeing the big picture, like he does, than he is just waiting for us to stop being paralyzed by fear and be a steward of what we have to offer?
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to be flippant. For example, worship is not something I take lightly. To enter the presence of God is a sacred thing. To lead others into that same presence bears an ever greater responsibility. A good worship leader knows that no matter how musically talented you may be, the wrong motives and attitudes will ruin the atmosphere of worship in a matter of seconds.
But worship is also very simply something I love to do. For me, that’s a major starting point. God gave me a love for something and a measure of talent to back it up. Forgive me for being blunt but I feel like that makes my calling quite obvious! I can’t imagine NOT worshipping. And more than that, I’m hungry for more and more places to use what I love to do. New doors are opening, new opportunities, new people to touch with my music. Even when I’m not specifically playing worship songs I’m worshipping by doing what I love.
In her latest Book For the Love, a favorite author/blogger of mine, Jen Hatmaker, says: “Do your thing. Play your note. We are all watching and learning, moved. You are making the world kinder, more beautiful, wiser, funnier, richer, better. Give your gifts the same attention you would if it paid…how many trot out that tired cliché – ‘I’m waiting for God to open a door’ – and he is all, ‘I love you, but get going, pumpkin, because usually chasing the dream in your heart looks surprisingly like work’…you are good at something for a reason. God designed you this way, on purpose. It isn’t fake or a fluke or small. These are the mind and heart and hands and voice you’ve been given, so use them.”
At our fall retreat we talked about being Chosen to Tell. Each of us is specifically chosen, designed, created and spiritually wired to TELL of the “wonderful works of God.”
You are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. ~1 Peter 2:9 ESV.
I am chosen to tell by way of music. And I’m absolutely certain of that. What are you certain of? If you are searching for your calling? ASK! God is the mastermind behind your gift…He is more than willing to let you in on the plan -Then go and TELL!
~ Jana Waddell