Called to go beyond our limits ~ by Gregg Levoy
This is so marvelous, I wanted to share it with friends of the Kinesthetic Christian. ***
It makes perfect sense that we should be called to go beyond our limits, because the One that calls us is beyond all limits. I suspect that all the energy we have bound up in resisting our own potential is more energy than we’ll need to reach it. It takes as much energy to fail as it does to succeed. The strategies are legion:
- Hiding behind the tasks of discernment. By analyzing a call to death and picking apart all its varying implications and by poring over calculations that would put an actuary into a coma, we lose all the heat from the heart through the head, as if we had been in the bitter cold without a hat.
- Waiting for the Perfect Moment. Waiting for just the right combination of time, money, energy, education, freedom and the ideal alignment of the planets….
- Telling ourselves lies. For instance, “I can’t afford it….” [when] the truth was, “I won’t afford it.” I won’t reprioritize my life, won’t make sacrifices….
- Choosing a path parallel to the one we feel called to. One that’s close enough to keep an eye on it but not so close we’re tempted to jump tracks. We become an art critic rather than an artist, a school teacher rather than a parent, a reporter rather than a novelist.
- Attempting to replace one calling with another. Because we don’t like it, our parents don’t like it, it doesn’t earn enough money or prestige.
- Immediately turning a call into a Big Project. Thereby intimidating ourselves into paralysis.
- Self-sabotage. We feel called to go to art or medical school but are so afraid of finding out we don’t have what it takes that we “forget” to mail the application until after its deadline has passed.
- Distracting ourselves with other activities. We suddenly become inspired to finish old projects we haven’t thought about in ages.
- Playing “sour grapes.” We believe we won’t succeed … or will suffer unduly, so we try to convince ourselves we don’t want it anyway.
- Trying to make ourselves unworthy of a calling. Hoping that God will decide we’re not the person for the job and take it back.
The degree of resistance is probably proportionate to the amount of power waiting to be unleashed and the satisfaction to be experienced once the “no” breaks through to “yes” and the call is followed.
Source: Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life
Thank you, Gregg and Church of the Saviour.
Posted on January 5, 2013, in Life, Mind and tagged beyond limits, Church of the Saviour, Coaching, goal, Goal setting, God, Gregg Levoy, Inward/outward, motivation, procrastination, vocation. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.