Join us today for an episode about why our calling isn't what but why...

Today's episode is focused on why our calling doesn't come from suffering..

In today’s episode about developing your influence through stewarding your talent, I talk with you about why I think we misunderstand our calling.  I share why finding your calling isn’t about suffering.  I also share why our calling isn’t about what we do but why we do it.

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Episode 909: Seeking A Calling
[00:00:00] Scott Maderer: [00:00:00] Thanks
[00:00:01] for joining me on episode 909 of the inspired stewardship podcast.
[00:00:07] Al Comeaux: [00:00:07] I'm Al Comeaux. I challenge you to invest in yourself, invest in others, develop your influence and impact the world by using your time, talent, and treasures to live out your car. Having the ability to manage change is key. And one way to be inspired to do that is to listen to this, the inspired stewardship podcast with my
[00:00:30] Scott Maderer: [00:00:30] friend Scott Mader,
[00:00:32]what I do, and I can express it. In many different ways. I can express it in my church. I could express it in my family. I can express it in different careers and different jobs and through different activities. It's not the what. It's the why. And that's true for you too. You can discover your calling sure.
[00:00:54] Through suffering and pain, but you can also discover it through light. Welcome. And [00:01:00] thank you for joining us on the inspired stewardship podcasts. If you truly desire to become the person who God wants you to be, then you must learn to use your time, your talent and your trust. For your true color in the inspired stewardship podcast, we'll learn to invest in yourself, invest in others and develop your influence so that you can impact the world.
[00:01:25]These episode about developing your influence through stewarding your talent. I talk with you about why I think we misunderstand our calling. I share why finding your calling isn't about sex. And I also share why our calling isn't about what we do, but why we do it. You've heard me talk about developing your talent and what are the best ways to do that is through books.
[00:01:49] But if you're like most people today, it's hard to find the time to read. And that's why today's podcast is brought to you by audible. Go to inspired [00:02:00] stewardship.com/audible to sign up. And you can get a 30 day free trial. There's over 180,000 titles to choose from, and you can pick one and listen your way to developing your talents via audible.
[00:02:15] That's inspired stewardship.com/audible. To get your free trial and listen to great books the same way you're listening to this podcast. I had an interesting conversation with someone the other day about our calling and more specifically about some misunderstandings that I think people have about what calling is.
[00:02:39]I think all too often we misunderstand our calling. We think our calling is something that comes out of suffering. Where we think our calling is something that comes from our own pain, that when we have something that we go through and experience that we go through that is painful, then we're [00:03:00] called to help other people not go through that.
[00:03:04] And the truth is that may be part of your calling. The truth is your calling may indeed in part be based upon helping others avoid a pain that you have. I know for myself in some ways, my calling in terms of time and talent and treasures is expressed out of the work that I've done to try to avoid struggling in these areas myself.
[00:03:30] But it's not really just that my calling at a deeper level is this idea of helping others find their calling, helping others find their success. Finding that way to make other people get out of life. What it is that they're called to do. No, the truth is that can be expressed in a number of different [00:04:00] ways.
[00:04:00] It's being expressed now as a coach, but it was expressed before when I was a teacher. And before, whenever I worked in corporate and the work that I do around BNI expresses this, the work I do as a coach expresses this, the work I do as a leader expresses this. And even the work that I do in my family and my church expresses.
[00:04:20] So at first glance, at one level, yes, by calling came out of struggles that I had, but not really at a deeper level. I could have found an express that calling without necessarily going through those struggles. See, I think all too often, we think of calling as something that is used to help others avoid pain.
[00:04:43] And don't get me wrong. That's no bull if that's where your calling is, but it's not required. It's not required that you have a bad life or bad experiences to find your calling. It's not required that you struggle and [00:05:00] strain to find your calling for some people, it does come easily. And I say that in part, because I think all too often, a lot of people think.
[00:05:09] I must not have really found my calling because nothing bad has ever happened to me. I haven't had a terrible experience. I haven't faced bankruptcy or divorce or the loss of a child or some other traumatic experience. So how can I find my call? But the truth is your calling. Isn't really about what you do.
[00:05:30] It's about why you do it. That's why I said earlier for me, my calling is around that. Why of helping others find their, why helping others find their passion, helping others find what they want to do. That's the why behind what I do, and I can express it. In many different ways. I can express it in my church.
[00:05:55] I can express it in my family. I can express it in different careers [00:06:00] and different jobs and through different activities. It's not the what, it's the why. And that's true for you too. You can discover your calling sure. Through suffering and pain, but you can also discover it through love. And through success and through things that go well, you can discover it by watching others and listening to what they do.
[00:06:23] And you can discover it by watching yourself and hearing what you do. The truth is there's no one way to find our calling because there's no one calling that all of us need to find. It is a unique thing that we're all able to do. Because that's what it is. It's what we are called to do. And it's the why behind that, what that matters.
[00:06:55] Thanks for lists.
[00:06:56]thanks so much for listening to the inspired [00:07:00] stewardship podcast, as a subscriber and listener, we challenge you to not just sit back and passively live. But act on what you've heard and find a way to live your calling. If you liked this episode on the stewardship of talent, you can go over to inspired stewardship.com/talent insights.
[00:07:23] For our five week series on the stewardship of talent, or if you're in the U S you can text 4, 4, 2, 2, 2 talent tips. That's talent tips to 4 4, 2, 2, 2, and get those tips until next time, invest your time, your talent and your treasures. Develop your influence and impact the world.


In today's episode, I talk with you about:

  • Why I think we misunderstand our calling...  
  • Why finding your calling isn’t about suffering...
  • Why our calling isn’t about what we do but why we do it...
  • and more.....

Putting lifestyle first is how you find a job, not a calling. —Paul Kalanithi

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