“I believe there's a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware, and awakened, to answer the call.”
I’ll be honest, up until very recently I felt a bit lost when it came to finding my calling. I grew up thinking that a calling was something clear, something that you were just born knowing. My dad felt a calling to ministry from a young age, and he was in ministry for the entirety of his career. My mom felt a call toward teaching and she has been teaching for over 30 years. I felt a calling toward…. something, but the picture wasn’t clear in my head. All the adults in my life seemed to feel a calling since before they even started school, so I was concerned when I wasn’t finding my way as easily as they had.
I knew that there were many things in life I was passionate about. I’m passionate about education, psychology, nature and camping. I also knew that a typical 8-5 office job could never be a long-term career for me, and a year and a half stint in such a job proved that point without a doubt. So I started to pray. I prayed for guidance, and I prayed for God to open doors where they needed to be open and to close doors in directions I didn’t need to go.
Fast forward to early 2020 when I realized that there would be an opening at Camp Latgawa. For the first time in my life I felt the pull toward something. The call was bigger than me, bigger than my fears and doubts, bigger than my concerns and questions. I knew that I had finally found my calling. Once I knew what I was called to do I knew I had to act. I prayed for strength, courage and wisdom to pursue what was in front of me. In the end, through the grace of God, I finally found what I had been searching for my whole life.
I hope that, if there is someone out there struggling to find their calling, they now know that a calling isn’t necessarily something that you’re born with. Finding your calling will likely require a great deal of prayer, patience and trust. And I hope that when you finally find your calling that you find the courage to answer the call.