Sometimes We Lose Our Way
As Believers, when we first hear God’s call to do or be something more significant, it feels so right. More times than not, a call from God is selfless and centred on eternal perspectives.
Sure, looking down the road, the calling is always a little foggy, but we know the destination is there in the distance. It’s such an exciting time in our Christian walk, but challenging and frightening at the same time.
Then the road forks.
We’ve been driving along, gaining miles by following the Spirit’s leading, but then we become our own roadblock. And by we, I mean our insecurities, our impure motives and our sinful desires. It’s frustrating.
Thankfully, God is faithful to bring us back and send us on our way again. It may be a week, it may be a year (hopefully not a decade). Eventually God always brings us to our senses.
That’s been my journey.
At the beginning of this whole blogging thing, it was a pure calling; a clear destination. I was serving in youth ministry and I really felt like God wanted me to express my walk with Him and my ministry through writing. I was supposed to start a blog.
Some of you will remember those early days and “QuietMorningsWithHim.com“. They were early mornings spent with my Bible, an empty post template and my Heavenly Father. It was pure and I experienced incredible growth.
The journey continued.
As I travelled down the road, the fog cleared more and more. The destination (the vision of my calling) became clear. It took shape in the form of a personal mission statement.
“Serving Christ by cultivating biblical leadership through writing, equipping and communications.”
The destination was clear. God wanted me to help other Believers reach their leadership potential within their areas of gifting and ministry. The clarity was invigorating. I felt like I had arrived; if only momentary.
But then the fog returned.
It’s embarrassing to admit now, but my calling was replaced with status. I started to worry about what people thought of me, instead of what God had called me to achieve and become.
Specifically, this all took place within the relationship between my ministry and my writing. These two, once connected pieces, began to separate. I continued to feel the blessing and growth of my ministry career, but I started to place far too much personal value on things like blog stats and follower-counts.
Then my blog took on a new face.
And it wasn’t a good one. Literally, the new face was my face at JeremyNortonBlog.com. Little did I know, I had lost my way. I started to leave the destination and venture down a gravel road.
I started reading too many ‘how to blog better‘ articles and books. Christ still had my ministry but I had given away my writing. I allowed some expert bloggers to have a greater influence on my call than Jesus.
It’s sad. I know.
The Journey Back to My Calling
Over the past few months, really since moving to the Yukon; God has been placing strong conviction on my heart. This conviction is to return to His original call for my blog, and my writing as a whole.
You likely noticed immediately that the design is completely different from the last time you read one of my posts. That’s on purpose.
Coming Back to My Calling
God has brought me back to my original destination; my personal mission statement. But this time, without the self promotion.
But why all the green? In short, green represents growth. Green represents the cultivation of growth. And God has called me to cultivate growth; challenging myself and others to embrace and develop Biblical leadership.
And so, I have changed the blog, the web address, my social media outlets and my email address (email@example.com). Please pray that God keeps me headed in the right direction this time around, and please throw out a roadblock if I start to take a wrong turn.
It’s been a difficult journey, but I’m back to my calling.
CAN I HAVE YOUR FEEDBACK?
Have you ever journeyed away from your calling? If so, how did God bring you back to your destination?