In college, I used to hear people say they were “called” to this and that Jesus “led them” to our school and they all had these insanely spiritual stories about how they ended up in school for ministry. For a while, it made me insecure. I wanted a grand story. I wanted an experience to know exactly what God was calling me to do. Where was my prophet to anoint me and speak on God’s behalf? Where was my life or death experience where I just knew God was telling me something? Where was all the flash and flare behind my calling?
I heard a pastor some years later who explained this in such a healthy way for me. He said maybe those people who got the flashy and crazy stories really happened and if they did that is awesome. But we don’t need those stories to know what Jesus has called us to do. I don’t need a major life event to know what God wants from my life and your life. He says it all over the New Testament. Love God. Love your neighbor. That sums it all up. Love God first and because of that love, make sure to love on the people around you.
Don’t wait for some huge event or story to live in God’s calling for your life. It is so much simpler than that. It’s as easy as loving God with everything and loving your neighbor like yourself. That in and of itself is a lifetime’s worth of work.