Dream: to contemplate the possibility of doing something.
Calling: taking action; being intentional; going from dream to reality; fulfilling your divine purpose.
Growing up, I wanted to be an attorney. Argumentative? Absolutely! Wise? I had years to go. In high-school, I knew I wanted to attend a university and find a good-paying job. So off I went to UCR and CSUSB. In college, I applied for an internship, without much thought or hope to acquire it. Low and behold, I was offered the job, complete with hands-on application for my study. Ten years later, I have two degrees and event planning experience in private, non-profit, governmental and academic work settings, including serving for two mayors and a county supervisor. That aside, I continued searching and praying for clarity on what I should be doing and where I should be for contentment and purpose…can you relate?
Along this path, my leadership coach asked me: ‘What is your center? What is at the core of who you are and everything you do?’ If I had been asked five years ago, it would have resounded something like: prestige, performance and praise. But I am so glad she asked...I had not really thought about it. My answer was (and remains) my faith in the word of God: how the earth was formed, sin, forgiveness and how we are to live, etc. My takeaway was that it does not matter what we do, so long as we know why we do it.
Soooo how did I go from government to weddings? Great question! I have always enjoyed making things with my hands, designing events, helping others and contemplated the idea of opening my own business. And after several life changing events in 2015, including, but not limited to: job loss, job change, getting married and the purchase of my first house, coupled with successfully planning my first wedding, I found my niche! My strengths, experience and calling to make a meaningful and lasting impact were joined as one: creating an environment that honors and celebrates that which is holy and God-given from the beginning, marriage, is both a privilege and honor.
So whether I am planning a wedding or folding laundry, ‘I try to do it all in the name of Jesus,’ (Colossians 3:17). Relationships, jobs and things come and go, and only a few "things" in this life are eternal. What are you doing with your life? Have you found your calling? Perhaps you need to identify your center...