Journaling can be a great way to gain clarity about things that have been rolling around in your brain, but not necessarily making a whole lot of sense or coming together the way you’d like.
Even if you’re not a journaler, having a conversation with yourself by asking yourself questions and thinking through the answers can be so helpful and a powerful exercise when you need to get clear on something. (Although I still recommend writing down at least the main points or ideas that come to your mind as you’re thinking! We humans tend to be forgetful, and I bet you’ll want to remember some big “aha” moments that you’ve been waiting to realize for a while.)
The area of discerning your calling can be a tricky one, especially if you’re like me and prone to overthink, over-analyze, and over-wait on making big decisions, such as pursuing a calling.
One thing to remember is that not all callings are for a lifetime; some are just for a season.
So whether you’re trying to get clear on your life calling, your seasonal calling, or even a situational calling, these journal prompts will help you stop chasing your tail and start getting clear on what you’re being called to do.
1. What do I need to surrender?
This may seem like an odd one to start with, but many times, we aren’t clear on what we’re supposed to do because there are things such as fear, pride, anxious thoughts, etc. that are blocking clarity from reaching us. One block to clarity may even be our own preconceived ideas of what our callings should be or look like.
Bonus Tip: Not sure what’s blocking your clarity? Ask the Holy Spirit: “What do I need to surrender?” He’ll show you.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” - Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
2. What’s consistently on my heart?
Do you feel a tug every time you see an article on adoption? Are you always volunteering to deliver meals to the elderly because you enjoy spending time with them? Do you find yourself buying tons of greeting cards because you love encouraging others?
Begin praying over your answer to this prompt and ask God what He wants to do in you and through you in relation to it.
“I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” - Ephesians 1:18-20 (NLT)
3. Is there anything I need to change?
A lot of times, our clarity can be hindered by other factors such as negative thought patterns and/or limiting beliefs, such as “I can’t _____” or “God won’t _____”.
Clarity can also be hindered by things such as toxic relationships with friends or loved ones, or even just a lack of discipline in our own lives.
Bonus Tip: If you suspect a lack of discipline is at the root of your clarity problem, ask yourself, “Am I doing all I can?” If the answer is no, then it’s time to step it up and do what you need to do to get clear on what God wants you to do. In these cases, we usually know what we need to do or change, we just aren’t doing it, so by beginning to make the changes we need to make, the clarity will come.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
4. What kind of legacy do I want to leave?
What do you want to be known for? What kinds of things do you want others to say about you?
For example, if you want to be known for your kindness and generosity, ask God how you can be kind and generous in your day-to-day life starting right now. Wake up in the morning each day and pray: “God, please give me opportunities to be kind and generous today.” He’ll do it.
Another great prayer would be: “Holy Spirit, please grow kindness and generosity within me. Make me more like Christ in these areas.”
Also, always remember it’s all for His glory, so a good follow-up prayer would be: “Let others see You in me.”
Remember: Not all callings are careers. Some callings are simply a change in attitude or behavior. (Example: “God is calling me to be more grateful and to express my gratitude through my words and actions.”)
Sometimes, God may call us to an act of service for a time. (Example: “God called me to serve in my church’s soup kitchen once a week.”)
So your legacy can be made up of many different things: words spoken, beliefs shared, actions taken, and those things may occur at different times, places, and in different situations throughout your life.
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” - Matthew 6:21 (NLT)
5. What really matters?
At the end of the day, what’s most important? That God be glorified.
How you glorify Him can and will look different each day, each year, and each season of life, so taking time to ask yourself this question and reflect on how His glory can be displayed in you right now is definitely a step toward living your calling.
And day-by-day, year-by-year, season-by-season, as you remind yourself of what really matters and strive to live for His glory each day, then you’ll be able to see how He’s working in you and through you to not only accomplish His will, but to also grow, strengthen, and bless you in ways you couldn’t have imagined.
You’ll also be able to look back and realize that as you were living for His glory, He was working everything out for your good (Romans 8:28).
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.” - 2 Thessalonians 1:11 (NLT)
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