What If You Have No Higher Calling?

What If You Have No Higher Calling?

I spend many hours every day talking with people and helping them pursue their dreams. Writing a book about vision makes people believe you know what you are talking about when it comes to this stuff. So I live in this world of talking about dreams and vision and pursuing your calling. And I’ve got lots of big hopes and dreams myself.

Yesterday, while I was holding my little 6-month old daughter a frightening thought flashed through my mind:

What if you have to put all your hopes and dreams on hold to help this little girl reach her hopes and dreams?

I pushed the thought from my mind at the moment, but it has been haunting me ever since.

I’ve been thinking about Jesus. He knew that his highest calling was to serve others. He said all sorts of things that make me nervous. Things like: Whoever would be great among you must be your servant…as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Matt. 20:26)

Jesus lived to serve and even had to die to do it to the fullest extent. That verse makes me uncomfortable. I know I’m supposed to serve others. But what if that gets in the way of pursuing the dreams God gave me? What am I supposed to do with all these hopes and dreams?

Maybe pursuing the dreams God placed in our heart isn’t our highest calling. Maybe serving others is. Sometimes serving others and pursuing your dreams will overlap. But if they don’t, I’m pretty convinced we are wise to ere on the side of self-sacrifice for those around us.

Don’t be afraid if it seems you have to put your hopes and dreams on hold in order to serve someone else. You can be confident that there is no higher calling than that.

Be brave. Choose to serve others. You might just find a level of fulfillment you never dreamed possible.