Do you know what is the right motivation for our callings and how can we follow our callings with expectancy instead of firm expectations?
Here is a sneak peek of my guest post at Medium.com for Koinonia about the right motivation for our callings.
What Is a Calling?
Do you know what you are created to do? Do you know what is in the treasure toolbox God has already given you before you were born?
God invites us on a glorious adventure–unpacking our toolboxes, trying every tool, and learning to create and work with Him. Like all adventures, it is risky, exciting, challenging, and rewarding. It requires perseverance, discipline and motivation, and supernatural empowerment.
What if our creative callings are more about a journey than a destination, more about identity and less about works, more about being than doing?Our callings are more about a journey than a destination, more about identity and less about works, more about being than doing. #calling #identity #motivation Click To Tweet
Remember to pin me for later!
The Problem with Fixed Expectations
When I re-discovered my calling and passion for writing in my 40-ties and re-embarked again on this journey, I focused totally on the goals and results I need to achieve. Becoming a writer was my goal.
For me, a writer was someone who writes every day, or nearly every day, who produces books, articles, stories, poems, and most of all, whose works are published. This was my definition of a writer. So, I just needed to sit, write, and produce, right? Then at some given time, when I have a list (preferably not so short) of written and published works, then I can call myself a writer. Then I fulfilled my creative calling.
From the moment God stirred in me the desire and need to encourage others with words, I set my mind on some clear and fixed expectations.
After the first euphoria (hey, God has called me to write words that can help and transform lives), I assumed everything will go smoothly and without major obstacles and challenges. He has called me; He has equipped me; I have everything I need, so nothing can stop me, and nothing can go wrong. God will immediately open doors for me, and I will be successful, and maybe even famous… Ouch.
Read the rest of the post at Medium.com and be strengthened and encouraged.
More articles on writing, blogging, and creativity you can find HERE.
More Encouragement for Bloggers, Writers, and Creatives
If you need inspiration and encouragement as a writer and creative, I can recommend these selected books on the writing life and creativity. Check them out.
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
The Practice: Shipping Creative Work by Seth Godin
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
This page contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. The commission I make from these items will help keep this blog going. Thank you!
How can you follow your creative calling with fewer expectations and more expectancy? Share in the comments. If you found this post helpful, please comment and share it on social media. Thanks!
Do you want to watch this post as a vlog? Click HERE. If you found it helpful, please subscribe to my YouTube channel. Thanks!I am learning to follow my calling with expectancy releasing my expectations about how the adventure will develop and letting God write the story of my life. #calling #creativity #motivational Click To Tweet
I send my newsletter “Keep the Faith” every two weeks. I share with you first the newest blog post, recommended books and articles, and the newest freebies and resources to keep the faith.
To receive the newsletter, please subscribe below or click HERE to get my FREE book “How to Overcome Disappointment and Discouragement”. I can’t wait to share it personally!