Ever wonder what in the world you are doing here on this earth- you know, besides your career, church life, motherhood, and all the other things you do with your time!
As women, we are often so busy “doing life” that we don’t stop to think about what we were created to do. Personally, I’ve walked through seasons of my life where I was barely keeping my head above water and the last thing I had time for was identifying my passion and my calling.
God plants gifts and talents in us that give us clues as to what we are called to do on this earth and how we can be used for His glory. It’s up to us to dive in and discover them!
Here are some quick questions you can ask yourself to help you discover your passion and calling:
1. What have you loved since childhood?
People always told me that I had an inexhaustible desire to learn and share my discoveries as a little girl. I was the kid who read encyclopedias! Sharing good information is still my passion, and I’m still learning every day. Only now, instead of being a girl with an insatiable desire to inform others on the school bus or in my living room, I’m able to share what I’m learning here.
What things have you loved since childhood that give you a clue to what makes you come alive?
2. What tugs at your heart?
What problem cries out for you to fix? I’m passionate about helping women see their God-given potential and abilities. I like to say, “If it tugs at your heart, it’s the place to start.”
Ask yourself “What issue tugs at your heart?”
3. What would you do for free?
I often joke that if we won the lottery and never had to work again, I’d still be yelling at people, “Go! Find your God-given destiny!” I would still wake every day and want to help women reach their potential.
What is something that you love so much that you would do for free?
4. What energizes you?
Look around at everything you do — relationships, parenting, work, volunteering, being a great neighbor.
Ask yourself, “What energizes me?”
A woman I met at a conference who once told me she was only good at bossing people around. She said, “I’m not just good at it; it energizes me.”
Once a driven business executive, turned stay at home mom, she found life as an empty nester boring. She was floundering with her new life. I suggested that she could become a small business consultant, since she had the credentials for it. She emailed me several months later and told me she was “killing it” as a consultant helping others.
5. What is something everyone says you’re good at?
Sometimes, you can’t see your own gifts, but everyone else can. My friend Rachel is amazing. She is great at always looking put together. Her clothing, her house, pretty much everything about her is so organized and beautiful. She rolled her eyes when I suggested that might be her “thing.” But now she volunteers at a shelter, helping battered women re-enter the workforce by helping “style” them for their interviews.
What are things in your life that people tell you you are good at that you have tended to overlook because they come so easy?
These questions are about so much more than finding a career. In my case, my passion became my career; but we are not limited to that. Our gifts are about more than what we do for a living! You don’t need a job to fulfill your purpose.
Following Jesus is your ultimate calling, and discovering the gifts and talents he placed within you to help serve the world is an adventure!
We were created for glory, his glory. Whatever your age or season in life, new adventures await you! So go! Discover your God-given destiny!
This article is from Alli Worthington's book Breaking Busy. Sign up here and you will receive a free weekly teaching video and handout for each chapter of Alli’s book, Breaking Busy, as a gift from us at Propel Women.
Alli Worthington is the author of Breaking Busy: How to find Peace and Purpose in a World of Crazy, speaker, blogger, and the Executive Director of Propel Women. Alli has helped individuals, small business owners and Fortune 500 companies be more successful. She lives outside Nashville with her husband, Mark, their five sons, rescued dog and cat who moved onto their doorstep. You can connect with Alli at AlliWorthington.com.