our highest calling {guest post by jo}

23 June 2011

This post will be short, and hopefully sweet. This is a thought I've been wanting to share for quite sometime, and I pray that it will be encouraging to you.
The older I become, the more questions I am asked; the most frequent being “So what are your plans for college?” or “What do you want to *do*?”
I used to avoid the question, dread it, hope no one would ask it. The reason was simply because I didn’t have an answer. I felt no desire to pursue math or science or writing or anything, really. At the time, I thought I had a problem, that I was unusual, somehow not thinking as far ahead as I should. I went through a time of uncertainty and confusion, wishing for some kind revelation about what I was supposed to *do*. 
The answer came softly, unexpectedly, and wasn’t what I thought it would be. It was simply the Lord reminding me of what my calling is. I am to follow Him, follow where He leads. If I’m doing His will, I don’t have to worry about what others think or about what kind of “career” I supposed to pursue. If I’m pursuing Him, everything else will fall into place. I realized that even though I *thought* that I'd been letting God be in control of my life, I was still holding on to my future. He showed me that He alone is in control.

I admit, it took work to get used to the thought that I really didn't have to help God with my life. But the peace that has come out that choice has truly passed all understanding.


Sisters, I encourage you to stand strong, trust in our Savior and depend on Him alone - not yourself - for everything in this life. He truly knows what's best, and if we're obeying Him, we are fulling our highest calling.


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about the author: My name is Jo, I'm sixteen years old, oldest of eight children, and a rising senior in high school. I love music, my family, my Savior, blogging, swimming and so many other things! Please stop by and visit me at my blog - I *love* meeting new people!

4 epistles:

  1. Thanks so much for posting this. It's something I needed to hear. :)

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  2. He's been revealing this to me as well lately. Thank you!

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  3. What a beautiful post, Jo. I definitely agree. Even at my age, my grandmother always asks me what I am going to do for a career, and I have started answering that with 'I am not sure, but probaby just a mother. I want to ave a lot of children.' And when she asks if I am going to college, I say 'maybe'. :)

    Sometimes it's hard to trust God completely - we want to do it ourselves. But when we do, we find we can be much more peaceful.

    Love,
    ~bree

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  4. Praise God he enabled you to learn this lesson. It has taken me a long time to get to that point (I'm college age now). A mature friend of mine calls it "just following." It is certainly an adventurous way to live.

    And Bree - I wouldn't say you'll probably be JUST a mother - the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!

    In Christ,
    Edith

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