The Call-Part 1. The Past

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It’s been a very full last few months that included new courses and new projects. New projects that I had envisioned and now are seeing come to pass. I still have more, ideas in moving pictures that reel endlessly through my mind.

But today, before sharing all that is new, I’m revisiting the past. Sometimes it’s in the looking back to see how we got to where you are today….

Monday, October 17, 2011

The call?

I must admit to you, I’ve been wrestling lately whether I should continue writing this blog and posting pictures to my 365 blog project on my photography blog. I begin to question what is the purpose? what is the result? is it worth the time spent? is it serving others?

All this wrestling leads me to the deeper questions:

What is God’s purpose for my life?
What is He calling me to do?

Do any of you wrestle with this question?

Now the LORD had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you
Genesis 12:1

And Abram went, with his large family and all his friends and herding a bunch of sheep. And on camels and on foot they traveled for 800 miles. And this is the kicker.

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He was 75 years old.

But he went, following God’s call, trusting completely even though he did not feel equipped to do His will, and had no idea where he was going and why he was going there.

How did Abram know it was God’s voice?

I’d love it if God’s voice was as loud as, lets say, the 30,000 or more fans at the Edmonton Eskimo football games I attend yelling “GO ESKS GO!”

Can you imagine? What if you heard a large crowd chanting “Go (your name) Go do (your purpose)?”

Would you go or would you still question? Do I have the right stuff? Am I equipped?

Is this really God’s calling? Some questions you may want to ponder…

1) If God is calling you, you will probably feel unqualified. It is not the qualified that is called, it is the call that qualifies.

2) It feels radical. Like Abraham, you are taking a journey where you do not know the steps on how you will get there. To do this, you can’t weigh the benefits or costs, but step out in complete faith, giving up your own will.

3) You feel useful. God’s call advances others. His blessings on you, blesses others.

4) If it feels predictable and safe, good chance it is not God’s voice being expressed in you.

Personally, I struggle to let go of my worldly pre-conceived ideas on how a plan needs to be in place before taking a step—well, more of a leap I’d say— and my insecurities keep me wrapped around the tree branch on the cliff.

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Are you holding on or letting go?

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:1).

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17 thoughts on “The Call-Part 1. The Past

  1. Those are provocative questions to consider! Thank you! I’m caught between holding on and letting go because there’s this voice that says I’m inadequate. I know I have to let go of this voice and trust God’s promise that He’ll always be with us even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Psalm 23).

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    1. Yes, Jayson! And learning that voice that tells us were not adequate isn’t us. It’s a thought but separate from who we are which is adequate in all things while abiding in the vine. I pray you continue to see that He is always with you, Jayson!

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    1. That can be the hardest part, Val, considering where to put our focus! And not to give up when things don’t really seem to be moving. I hope to get back to Winter Park in the not so far future. Maybe it will be for something you have planned! 🙂 Have a beautiful week!

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  2. I love visiting you here in this space but I understand how God calls us to other things. I am excited to hear all that has been going on with you. I love how God is reworking both of our purposes so we can better serve Him. It doesn’t matter what our age is, He wants all of us to do His kingdom work. Blessings on next steps.

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    1. Thank you Mary! I’ll be here more now, in this space and so looking forward to crafting words again. And yes, it doesn’t matter our age. Our purpose and worth is endless, beyond time aging. Blessing always to you too. Always happy to see your words here!

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  3. I love your site and well I understand all those questions. I’ve asked them. I do know He’s called me a lot and several times I felt so unqualified, but the writing one well it just hard without Him.

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    1. Yes, the writing one is so hard with Him! It’s amazing though, that when we surrender the words, they come. It’s the ‘jumping off the cliff’ moment that sure can be tough for me! I’m glad you still took those steps in faith even when feeling unqualified, and let God’s light shine through you.

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  4. Lynn, such good questions you ask. I think it’s good to evaluate them, to revisit them with the Lord from time to time. It helps us to know if we’re on track, or if we’ve wandered from where God has called us. Answering your questions for my life confirmed I am where I need to be. Especially the part about feeling unqualified and uncomfortable. It’s being in these kinds of places where we truly get to choose to trust God to equip us, isn’t it?

    I’m glad to read you’re going to be here more. I enjoy your posts and your pictures.

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  5. Hi Lynn! I enjoyed this reflection a great deal! I think you capture well what “call” is like. Perhaps it is not to be loud so we grow in walking in and toward it in trust and faith. Can we possibly miss it if it comes from Him? I tend to think if I step off on a side trail with my heart still trying to focus on Him that He will use that as well to bring me back to the narrow way He has planned for me. AND I love your photography!!!

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  6. Hi Lynn – I related so much to this post. At a time in life where changing direction is difficult, the Lord directed me to quit a good-paying job and return to Bible School. Ugh – I did that already. Little did I know that move would launch me into my destiny. I not only met my late husband, but also began writing for publication.

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  7. I’ve been wanting to come back to read this after reading part 2..I know the feeling..is it worth the work blogging, posting photos etc..I do know you blessed me by your blog..you blessed me by having the chance to know your beautiful heart for God and inspiration, because of your blog. I pray God continues to guide you in your calling..I sure know how hard it is! to hear..just love this it says it all! “What if you heard a large crowd chanting “Go (your name) Go do (your purpose)?” I love this..well what if!! I will be part of the crowd chanting your purpose!! We need one another, we need inspiration from each other! I know also that a calling I’ve had is HARD, it feels impossible.. all my documentaries started that way, and they did bless many. But it was and is still HARD..yet HARD calls us to deeper faithfulness! May you listen for the still small voice that says ‘go this way’ and be blessed by those inspiring you on this journey!! Just love this blog..such good struggles here!

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    1. Thank you for your words Kathy! I know I can avoid the ‘hard’ and being nudged. You have ministered to me today. And encouraged me! I’ll be printing this note and adding it to the front of my writing binder to be inspired, and also to remember that this isn’t about ME! It’s hard when ego, insecurities and fragilities get in the way of hearing His words…He gives all we need, renews our strength when we place all hope in Him. You are blessing to me too!

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