4 keys you need to unlock confidence and confirm your calling

Part 3 of a multi-part blog series about your life's calling

We all want to know we’ve not made a mistake. When you make a big step into something unknown, like your calling, you really want some confirmation to know whether or not you have done the right thing.

The good news is, if you’ve stepped into your calling, confirmation will come. Why? Because it’s undeniable. Over the years, I’ve found confirmation coming in at least four different ways.

– Through prayer

– From people

– In the pages of scripture

– By providence

In my experience, when you take the leap to launch into your calling you will always find some confirmation in these areas.

For more about your calling in life…check out This Post.

Through Prayer

As you consider taking the step into your call, you’ve probably already been praying. I guarantee you’ll be praying after you take the step! I know I was…

But God has a way of communicating to you deep in your heart. When you’ve made the correct step and you’re pursuing the calling you are meant for, you’ll know it inside. Not only will there be a sense of joy and exhilaration; but you will also experience peace. A deep, rich satisfaction comes into your life. You just know you are on the right track. This peace comes most powerfully through prayer. I can’t explain how it happens, I just know that it does.

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From people

Was I hesitant to actually step on a platform and speak to people for the first time? Sure I was. You always wonder how you’ll be perceived, and if you’ve done a good job. Your doubts always try to dominate you; but in my experience there have been people come alongside me that confirmed my call. Some realized it, some did not; but in both cases God has used others to help reinforce my choices. Obviously you can’t listen to every voice; but if you pay attention, there are people in your life that will confirm whether you’ve made the right choice or not. These people will be honest, sometimes painfully so. Why? Because they care about you.

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I’ve had people tell me I did a good job preaching; but I knew they were just saying it, not feeling it. But there have also been those who truly spoke into my life, encouraging me, lifting my spirits, and telling me they believed there was something to this calling. The “good jobs” from some, and the deafening silence from others aren’t the things I remember most. On the contrary, what I most think of after twenty years of living out my call are the conversations from real friends who had my best interests at heart. I recall the words of advice, and the “keep on going, you got this” talks I’ve had. I remember the tough conversations when people who cared for me gave me advice they knew would be difficult to hear; but they said it anyway. You remember the people who believed in you and invested in you. God uses those people to confirm His call on your life.

  • So when your most trusted friend, the one who won’t hold back, tells you, “hey, I really believe in what you’re doing”…believe them.
  • When that coworker says, “I think you’re going to get that promotion you put in for, you’re the most qualified person they could pick”…trust them.
  • If your family says, “You can do this. We are behind you and we think this is exactly what you’re meant to do”…listen to them.
  • Don’t waste your time on the voices that declare gloom and doom but won’t give you any specifics on how to overcome the defeat they proclaim.

Listen to the people who tell you the truth…things like, “this won’t be easy; but it’s possible”.   When trusted voices give you advice that is actionable, take their advice. Over the years I’ve found this sort of advice to be true, even if I didn’t understand the rationale at first.

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From the pages of Scripture

If you are a Christian, you already know the importance of the Bible in your daily life. It really is the living, breathing, Word of God. And through scripture God will speak into the direction of your life.

The Bible Speaks Into Your Life

He has given me direction and confirmation through scripture on so many occasions I’ve lost count; and He will do the same for you. I don’t usually go into my daily scripture reading time looking for confirmation about my call. When I read the Bible I simply want to be open to God about whatever He wants to say; but I can tell you from experience that He will speak to you and confirm your call through scripture.

 

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By providence

One of the surest ways to confirm your call is what I call “providence”. This simply means once you’ve taken a step which leads into what you feel is your calling…if it really is your calling…doors and opportunities will begin to open providentially.

I remember one time when considering and praying about taking a different job, the doors seemed to just open. At the time, the job I wanted (and needed) was a really good paying one. Since I was just about to get married, it was time for me to step it up so to speak. There was no way my brand new family would survive unless I had more income. Deep inside I felt like the new employment I was pursuing was my calling for the season of life I was about to enter into. After I felt confident in the direction I pursued, providentially, doors opened up. The opportunity came. I got the job. For several years, that job provided for my family. I kept it until my wife and I began to sense a new call which would ultimately place me in full-time church ministry being a pastor…but that’s a different story.

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When you are pursuing your call, confirmation will always come in the form of open doors and crazy opportunities. I’m not saying every open door will be a giant one, in fact the opposite is usually true. But what I am saying is you can expect your situation to reflect your preparation. If you’ve taken the first steps into your calling, God will open doors for you to live in it. I can’t explain how it all happens, I just know that it does.

The people who are frustrated because doors won’t open and opportunities won’t come are usually the same ones who have ignored the advice of trusted friends telling them to not do what they are planning to do. They are usually the people who have bypassed the turmoil and unrest they feel inside, and continue to walk full force into something God hasn’t given them peace about.

If confirmation about your call doesn’t come, then back out of it.

If you want more about confidence, check out these awesome quotes from Dale Carnegie.

In fact, you can tweet the one below!

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Larry Shankle is a pastor, author, and blogger. He helps people get clarity and direction in their calling, purpose, dreams, and leadership.

Larry and his wife (Amanda) live in the Arkansas river valley with their two boys (Braxton and Dawson). He has spent almost two decades in active local church ministry serving in multiple leadership roles. Larry has spent the last six and a half years serving as Lead Pastor of GrandviewChurch in Natural Dam, AR.

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