What’s the difference between a job, a career, and a Higher Calling? Can it be possible to combine them all into one? This week’s article will explore the key differences and what you need to do if you’re committed to following the inner calling of your heart.
Some people have a job. They see their daily grind as a means to an end. What they receive in exchange for their time and skills pays to support their families, hobbies, or life outside work. Life and work are two separate things. When someone asks them how they feel about it, they respond, “It’s just a job, it pays the bills, but my heart is not in it.”
Some people have a career. A career is a job that promises a race to the top of success and prestige. With it comes new titles, higher social standing, and the feeling that you’ve arrived. When you ask someone how they feel about their career, they typically respond, “I like it, but I hardly have any time for my family, friends, or doing the things I enjoy.”
Other people have a higher calling. A higher calling is something you’re going to do no matter what, whether you’re getting paid for it or not. What you do is an integral part of who you are, your core values in life, and your identity – even if it means great sacrifice at times. You view what you do as a form of self-expression, personal fulfillment, and spiritual satisfaction. When you ask someone how they feel about following their higher calling, most will reply, “This is who I am and who I came here to be.”
Whether you see yourself as having a job, a career or a higher calling, what matters most is that you’re happy and appreciative of what you have. Because if you’re not enjoying what you have, it will negatively affect other areas of your life, including your relationships.
A Job, Career, and Higher Calling All in One
Imagine for a moment what it would be like to bring your job, career, and higher calling into one. If what you do for work every day not only provides you with growth opportunities, but it’s also a way to express your Higher Calling, how would your life be different? How would you feel? What would that look like? More importantly, would you choose it?
Choosing to Follow Your Heart’s Calling
Deep in your heart, there’s an infinitely loving presence calling you to be who you really are. In the mystical Christian and Sufi traditions, this presence was called ‘the inner man of the heart.’ In ancient China, it was called Tian Ming or the ‘mandate from Heaven’. Some people call it the voice of the Holy Spirit, others simply “my heart”. Whatever name you have for it, what matters most is that you start listening to it.
Listening requires you to become still, present, and observant. It requires you to tune into your inner senses and capture the song broadcast 24/7. At first, all you might hear is the gentle lub-dub of your heart; but with time, you’ll begin to commune with the inner flame behind it. That inner flame is your connecting point to your Higher Self, Christ Self or Divine Identify, the part of you that is God. It is there that your Higher Calling lies.
Will you choose to follow it?
From my heart to yours,