Secure In The Calling

Happy Monday!  Another weekend has passed by, still no baby in sight.  I’m officially past my due date, but since my mom was 17 days late for all 5 children, I’m settling in and trying to get as comfortable as I can as we continue to wait.  When he actually does come, I’m going to be beyond shocked!  Baby will come when he’s ready, until then, I’m trying to make the most of my time!

There’s a big UVA basketball game Tuesday night, so I’m hoping he’ll stay put until then–my baby boy is a good luck charm for the Wahoos!  I think he likes the action.

Last week, I talked about how easy it is to let comparisons and jealousy creep into our lives.  No matter what season you may be in, it’s so easy to envy and desire the seasons and situations of others.

I don’t about you, but for me, another related struggle that easily surfaces in my life is judgement.  Why do I love shows like Miss America and The Bachelor?  Because I love judging other people, and these girls are putting themselves on the stage and asking for it–what could be better?

TV antics aside, I find it’s so easy to judge the lifestyles and decisions of others.

Being one who is prone to judge, it’s equally easy for me to live in fear of others judging us for the decisions we make in our own lives–grad school or no grad school?  “Safe” job, or high-pressure, demanding job?  Working mom or stay-at-home mom?  Public school or private school?  Preschool or homeschool?  To spank or not to spank?  Bangs or no bangs?  Plain M&Ms or Peanut?

There are so many options to choose from and many of them come with loaded opinions, how can you figure it out?!

The secret?  We need to be secure in our calling.

Each one of us has been called and set apart for unique purposes and our lives are going to look vastly different from the other lives around us.  And that’s okay.

The key is seeking out God and asking Him to shed light on what’s best for us and our families.  Like most things in life, there’s no set formula for how life needs to look–it varies.  But when we’re tapped into God and His plans for our lives, we don’t need to live in fear of judgement, because we’re walking out the path that God has ordained for us–and we can be secure in His plans.

Additionally, we don’t need to judge others, because we can understand that their plan may look vastly different than ours, and that is certainly okay.

I’ve written about this before, but some of the best advice my mom has shared with me is this:

“If you and/or your husband are answering God’s call on your lives and going where He leads you, even though it might look different than you planned, you will not be deprived.”  
I would add to that, “even if it’s unconventional, scary, or some might not understand, if you’re answering God’s call on your life, you will not be deprived.”  No, not ever!
Enjoy the daily hunt for seeking out God’s will for your life and rest confidently in the fact that if you’re seeking God, and listening to where He’s leading you, not only will you not be deprived, but you can be secure in His calling for you.  
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure…

 You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:9-11