Who You Are Called To Be

Sometimes I find myself thinking back to what my faith felt like in my youth. It seemed {somewhat} clear that we had all been called by God to be joyful servants in His Kingdom. It wasn’t complicated. Created in His image, who we are called to be, was a child of God full of goodness and grace. Intentionally created that way, we were to live out that call while on this earth. Makes sense, right? Seems reasonable, right?

“Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you...” Isaiah 43:4

However, somewhere between my youth and early 20’s, it changed. Increasing responsibilities came along with increasing maturity and the fast paced expectations of this world. And somehow I complicated the entire thing. I allowed this world to change the expectations from “who we are called to be” to “what we are called to be.” As it turns out, that’s very dangerous switch. In my mind, fulfilling “what” can only be achieved in very tangible ways. It’s the stuff… it’s the titles… it’s the list of accomplishments… it’s the documentation of performance. And most importantly, as soon as I switched “who” with “what” I let the world begin to interpret who I was called to be instead of Jesus.

The further down this road I went, the more obvious the change from “who” to “what” became. And somewhere along the way I lost myself… I lost living a joyful life of goodness and grace in His name as my priority. I started keeping score and needed something to show for my call. If you’re still with me and can relate, continue on.

So how do we uncomplicate this mess?  How do we get back to a place where living out who we are called to be is attainable? How can we resume living life in a way that satisfies Jesus {spoiler alert – He already delights in “who” we are}? Certainly we all have earthly responsibilities. But these earthly responsibilities are not interchangeable with who Jesus called us to be. What we do, was never intended to replace who Jesus calls us to be.

Thankfully, God has provided us with very simple set of instructions of “who” we are called to be, and it starts by going back to the innocent joys of our childhood.

Relevant Scripture: “Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you…” Isaiah 43:4

Jesus, You never intended for these earthly expectations to interrupt living out Your goodness and being created in Your image. Please step in and help us return to the purity of your original call. Help us to know how satisfied You are when we live a life of goodness and grace in Your name. Amen.

Author: Carrie Kiekhaefer

I'm Carrie Kiekhaefer and I'm passionate about finding and reflecting JOY in this life. Unfortunately, I know a lot can get in the way of that JOY. Life is messy and complicated. I'm here as a messy child of God, a natural encourager, a blogger, a coach and a designer to help you navigate through the mess. With relevant scripture, a relationship with Jesus and some honest blogs we can find, let's discover and reflect His Joy - together.

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