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Heeding the Call

Have you ever wondered what someone meant when they said that they ‘answered the call’? What exactly is ‘the call’?

I believe that every one of us has ‘the call’ for our lives. Some take heed to it; others do not. But, whether they CHOOSE to or not, there is a restlessness that is constantly stirring within them that just wont’s seem to go away or at least it appears that way, until they heed to it.

 

So what is that call?

That call is to fulfill the purpose for which we were created and that is to SERVE others.

We all have a call to serve someone other than ourselves. To serve means to attend to the needs of others. It means the giving of ourselves to better the lives of others.    Heeding the call to serve means to be an inspiration to someone, bringing them new hope and in many ways, new life. To inspire means to ‘breathe anew’ and with every breath that we take, we have the opportunity to bring a fresh beacon of hope and light to someone who feels hopeless.

VISTA members serving in Yarnell, AZ during 9/11 Day of Service

VISTA members serving in Yarnell, AZ during 9/11 Day of Service

“But how do I know what my call to service is?”

I’m glad that you asked. There are several questions that you can ask yourself to get you started:

1.      Is there a situation or cause in this world that really worries or bothers me?

2.      What are some things that I can do to make a difference in that situation, no matter how big or small?

3.      How do I want this world to be different because I was here?

4.      What is the one thing that I am most passionate about doing? 

Once you’ve answered those questions, then you can begin the journey of heeding that call that is meant for you.

If, however, you are still unable to answer those questions for yourself, then open your heart to being used in whatever capacity comes your way. That means to be open to serve WHOMever, WHEREver, and HOWever the call shows up in your life.

Once you heed the call, you will find that the restlessness that would not go away has finally eased. You will experience a sense of peace that you have no other explanation for. So, go ahead and answer your call to be of service to someone else; that inspiration, that beacon of hope, that breath of fresh air.

The Arizona Serve AmeriCorps VISTA Team in Yarnell, AZ for 9/11 Day of Service

The Arizona Serve AmeriCorps VISTA Team in Yarnell, AZ for 9/11 Day of Service

This article was written by AmeriCorps VISTA member Cassandra Crane serving with Pima County JTED 

Published on September 24, 2013 by Ben Olsen.

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