Advocacy, Children in Foster Care, Family Support, Forgotten Fridays, Foster Parenting, Ways to ServeFeb. 24, 2017

Forgotten Friday | Stop Confusing Your Calling with His Commands

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As I grew into adulthood, I often wondered, prayed about, wrestled with and sought counsel over my calling. I looked to the lives of so many valiant souls that crossed my unsettled path for direction and motivation.

What was I going to do with my life?

What was my calling? My calling? My calling? That word was so weighted and I felt trapped. I thought there was a right or wrong decision. The process of discerning my next steps–all of my steps–felt final.

Then the what ifs followed. What if I chose the wrong calling? What if I wasn’t hearing God clearly? What if I ruined my whole life because I didn’t choose the right path?

Now, I’m grown. Life is IN SESSION. I am living this life and it’s fleeting.

I’ve found the freedom to run hard after Jesus and simply follow commands instead of agonizing over my calling. Micah 6:8 gives us clarity, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Don’t hear what I’m not saying–you can’t have a calling.

You can. And there are very specific things God calls us to do, but we can’t afford to be frozen in fear of making the wrong choice.

And when it comes to the care of orphans, the Word isn’t vague.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. -James 1:27

The Church is waiting for a calling, but God has already given a command.

Stop confusing the two.

There’s a crisis, and the Church is watching our communities crumble.

Every believer has a place in #thishardcalling. You may not be found on the front lines of foster care today, but you still have a role to play.

Neglected children are sleeping in local DCF offices. Siblings are being split from each other. Parents who have no support are losing their families. And we can do something about that. We have to do something. Because we will be held accountable one day for what we knew was happening but failed to act upon.

Stop listing the reasons you’re not called and just DO something.

Pray.

Cook a meal.

Offer free babysitting.

Buy a crib.

Meet tangible needs.

Speak up in court.

Surround, serve, love, give, comfort, work, obey.

We need you. God wants to use you.

He’s already spoken…now move your feet.

photo credit: thechristianman.com

Kristy Sutton

Kristy Sutton familyKristy and Zach are biological parents to four beautiful kiddos. They have called nineteen others their own since starting their journey as a foster family in the summer of 2012. They say yes to the hard and crazy as they follow Jesus on this journey of surrender and obedience. Kristy loves coffee, good conversation, comfy clothes and Anne of Green Gables. She is assertive and loves change as she learns to thrive in the chaos. Follow Kristy on her personal blog – This Hard Calling.

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