So at our former church many of the women will be taking a missions trip to ... hmmm... Argentina? (Can't recall where for certain, but that's not the main point anyway.) And nearly all the women are helping with year-long fundraisers, you know, bake sales, yard sales, talent shows and other money-raising ideas as well.
And I think that's great. I'm happy for those who will get to travel and share. (Remember I said that, ok?)
But as I told Tom when I discovered this information, I am so thankful we no longer attend there. Why? Because I cringe to think of all the 'little talks' about non-cooperation I might get since-- not only do I not wish to go to Argentina-- I'd not be in on the fundraisers, either.
Years past, I had a few of those little talks.
On these present days of my life I'm not feeling any call to Argentina, nor am I sensing any calling to raise funds for those who are (though I would happily make a donation of money. Happily.) I've had fundraising seasons in my past and this is not one of them.
No, right now I'm out here on this little 'farmette' helping my husband winterize and get settled. We have rough winters in our area and if you don't prepare, well, you suffer. And I've spent months preparing for my mother's visit at this place where she will spend the one-year anniversary of my dad's passing. And I'm enjoying living-out this 35-year-old dream from God's hand and mostly working harder than ever before... and trying to create a restful place for the weary. Not to mention cooking, cleaning, writing in this blog and taking care of Life's many (many!) other myriad details.
You must know what you are called to do. And not called to do. Otherwise you die without having completed God's plan for your specific life--and therein lies the tragedy.
But be warned (as if you didn't already know this)--many people get nervous, jealous and upset with those who are certain of their purpose and callings. Why? Because those people are usually pretty peaceful. After all, they're not being yanked in different directions... they're not feeling guilty because of the activities they are missing ... and they're making progress--even slow progress often--but always in a consistent direction. Forward. Ahead.
And so much more, but this post is becoming too long and Tom needs his breakfast. But I'll just leave you with this. When God is calling you to do something different than the crowd you run with, don't apologize and hang your head with guilt or doubts. No, just keep listening to the One who will meet you at the end of your journey at the right place, the right time, because you matched your steps to His.