By Niki Packer
We're approaching Fall, and it's my favorite season change of the year. Who doesn't love pumpkin spice everything, football games, wiener roasts, cooler temperatures, and bigger clothes that make you look a little closer to your driver's license weight!?
The new season coming up makes me think a little about the seasons of life and how differently those seasons can look. The calling we have today, may not be where God sends us in the next season of our lives.
Robert Morris points out in his book "The God I Never Knew" that we don't own our spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts as He sees fit, according to what is needed in each situation. I think the same is true for our callings. We don't own them; God merely uses us to accomplish His purposes for this season. And in the previous or next season of our lives, He may choose to do something different in and through us.
David started out as a shepherd; spent some time as a musician; then was a nomad/warrior; and ended his last season as a king. Moses was raised a prince; became a shepherd; and ended up leading a nation. And while often Bible characters start out in what we would call an occupation and then shift into more of a ministry, I think both are their callings for that season of their lives. David certainly was doing ministry while shepherding and calming King Saul with his music.
So if you are entering a new season, fear not, you are not alone. God has great things for you in whatever season you find yourself. Your calling as well as your giftings may look a little different in the next season of your life, but embrace the change. When the Holy Spirit is flowing through you to others, He decides what calling is needed for your benefit and those around you. So be open handed with your calling in this season. You don't own it and you can trust the Holy Spirit to use you for His eternal purposes.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything that happens in life - there is a season, a right time for everything under heaven. (The Voice)
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