By Shawn Lovejoy
What does it mean to be secure in our calling?
It means we’re comfortable with who we are and where we are in our lives and ministries. It means we’re comfortable with the talents and skills we have and the ones we don’t.
It means we’re freed up to run the race marked uniquely for us.
However, most of us are more insecure than we’d like to admit. How can we know if we’re secure in our calling? Here are three ways:
If we’re not secure in our calling, we’ll compare
Does it bother you when others prosper in their callings or ministries? Or when they seem to be blessed more than you? Does it bother you when things appear to come easier for others? Or when they have something you don’t?
All of these are signs of our own insecurity with who we are and what we have. Here’s the truth: We aren’t responsible for what we can’t do and don’t have. We are 100 percent responsible for what we can do.
When we spend as much or more time looking at what everyone else is doing as we do on our own growth and health, it can be a sign of insecurity.
If we’re not secure in our calling, we’ll criticize
Misery loves company. Hurt people hurt people. Insecure people like to bring others down.
If we’re hypercritical about other people, ministries, or another company, we should first examine ourselves.
Why are we so critical?
Maybe it’s because we’re insecure leaders. When someone is experiencing more success or receives more accolades than we do, it’s tempting to criticize them in an effort to bring them down a notch or two.
Too many leaders condemn other leaders simply because they’re insecure in our own skin. Jealousy breeds condemnation.
Why don’t you decide today that if you can’t say something positive about another leader or ministry, you’ll just decide to keep quiet? The Kingdom will benefit.
If we are secure in our calling, we’ll be content
Why is becoming secure in our own calling important? When I get a sense of security in my own calling or ministry, I’m happy with who I am, what I am, what I do, and how I do it. I don’t obsess about what everyone thinks or says.
I’m freed up from the opinions of others. I don’t worry about what everyone else is doing as much as I’m concerned about becoming the person I’m meant to be and leading the ministry God has entrusted to me—for this season I’m running the race marked uniquely for me.
An amazing sense of freedom and contentment comes from becoming secure in our own calling. A secure person believes the best about people. A secure person celebrates the success of others. A secure person seeks to think and speak only what’s positive about others.
Contentment allows us to stop trying to live up to the expectations of others. Contentment points our focus to living for an audience of One. Contentment allows us to rest. Contentment allows us to experience the journey—not just the destination.
If we’re secure in our own calling, we’ll come to the place in our lives where we can celebrate the blessings poured out on others’ ministries.
Are you content with who you are and who you’re becoming? Are you focused on running the race marked uniquely for you? What steps can you take to compare and criticize less? Make a commitment today to become more secure in your own calling and celebrate the Kingdom success of others in the trenches of ministry.