When Your Calling Goes Unnoticed

When Your Calling Goes Unnoticed

Once upon a time I would to go to prophetic conferences and wish that the “big anointed” preacher would notice me and call me out for a prophetic word from God that would somehow show everyone there exactly how special and anointed that I was. That was supposed to confirm what I already felt on the inside and give me a little more respect in my life from the people around me.

The problem was that I was looking for approval and validation from the wrong place. This was a long slow process, but God began to show me that approval from man wasn’t coming. There was no green light from man that I would receive before I could get started “in ministry” as a leader.

I would have to begin to walk into my calling without any fanfare.

God showed me that I would just have to begin serving people and loving people and ministering to people without a great big hoopla. We’re talking a whole lotta of washing toilets, and very rarely ever getting to preach or do anything remotely “ministry like”.

I realized that “being in ministry” or leadership wasn’t about being the “big anointed” preacher on stage with a mic. It was about crying with those who are mourning. Having dinner with someone lonely. Making sad people laugh, sometimes. Holding a dear friend as she cries on my shoulder because her husband was unfaithful. Showing up early and praying. Quieting myself before God so He can refresh me. Washing a lot of feet. Serving people. Equipping and edifying people. Loving the one person in front of me. 

That’s been many years now. I quit waiting on some flashy approval mob and just started doing the work. Somewhere along the way, people noticed, but God showed me that even then, the main thing that mattered was that I was His girl and He was proud of me. Once I quit waiting on others to approve, I began to write (eventually I got a book published), I ministered to people and prayed for them, I gave people prophetic words, I loved and served people, we planted a church, I wrote a book, I finished Bible school.

You see, little things turned into bigger things. Now I’m tremendously fulfilled and completely blissed to be that preacher who gets to preach on stage. What an honor. But I’m still also that lady who loves to laugh and have coffee with people, and do life together. I will always be that lady who is willing to just love the one in front of her. Because I know that that’s what ministry is REALLY about.

Stop sitting around waiting on someone else to validate your calling. If God called you, get started. Recognition not required.
Chances are, nobody’s gonna invite you into your calling. It’s up to you to step into it. This process doesn’t happen in a loud obvious moment, with fanfare and applause.

You just start doing the stuff day by day and then one day as a result of a series of little steps over the stretch of sometimes years, somewhere along the way it turns into something credible. 

What does that look like for you?

Has God called you as a missionary but you’re in a season where you’re not able to travel yet to where you feel led? Begin to love your neighborhood as if it were the mission field you’re called to.

Has God called you as a pastor but you are home all day with little people who still poop their pants (AKA stay at home parent)? Enjoy the season you’re in. Relish their giggles. Encourage your children and teach them to pray. Pastor your babies.

Listen I know what it’s like to feel called to something enormous, to not know where to start, and to not have anyone in your life who believes in you. What matters is that God has called you and that your heart stays in the right place.

Don’t get bitter when a leader doesn’t recognize you. Be humble enough to not wave your big flashy future calling in people’s faces, but rather to just serve where you can in that season. Just because God has called you to a certain thing, doesn’t mean it’s the season to fully step into that calling.

Rest assured that one day you will, but in the meanwhile, everything you decide to do is a service unto the Lord. You can have tremendous impact just loving the people God puts in your path.

Keep serving others and doing small things daily to work towards that big calling that God has called you to do. Years from now you’ll see progress and even months from now you’ll see that you’re much closer to your goal, simply because you took practical steps daily.

I’m honored that you are here reading my blog. Thank you. I take this thing seriously and I want to bless you with a free gift. Please, as a gift from me, download a free chapter of my book, God’s Feminist Movement. I pray it blesses your life and encourages you!

Be blissed!

Amber Picota

8 Comments

  1. Carla Munoz 9 months ago

    Great testimony thank you it helps a lot God Bless

  2. Cherob 9 months ago

    This id powerful and profound, thank you!

  3. Tie Me Up Until Denouement!
    By Robert Winkler Burke
    Book #6 of In That Day Teachings
    Copyright 11/23/09 http://www.inthatdayteachings.com

    Tie me up until the great, awaited, hoped for denouement,
    And then I’ll be free!
    Tie me up and have your popular, broadcast Christian way,
    Until I can see!

    The first shackle: the rapture,
    Causing fear and laziness!
    Second: eternal security,
    Causing supine craziness!

    Tie me with prophetic jabberwocky,
    Those are real good binds!
    None on earth and not even God,
    Can follow their minds!

    Tie me with seeker-friendly-truth-avoidance,
    Then I can be a fun beast!
    Seeker-friendly allows all abominations,
    No complaints in the least!

    Tie me up and rope me up,
    Tight bind me: ever more!
    Prosperity! Yeah, baby!
    Now that is a whore!

    Prosperity preachers receive their monies: so saintly,
    While we buy a foul, greedy lie,
    That give-to-get isn’t a big self-serving Ponzi scheme,
    Like a shoplifter’s alibi!

    Tie me, bind me, fill me,
    With total nonsense!
    Wrap me with mojo-emotion,
    Any evil pretense!

    Or just plain old do-nothing-worship-weakness,
    And old-fashioned truth-avoidance,
    I can be propagandized: any bad thing,
    In obsequies compliance!

    Bind me up even more,
    And choke-tie me bound down!
    I might be God-bearing,
    And bring heaven around!

    Tie me with tithes and endless tax-and-spend fees,
    Tie me with sailing ship anchor-chains of great guilt,
    Tie me with uncritical thought immersion,
    It’s how empires of blind-leading-the-blind are built!

    Empires of emotional insanity,
    Built on foundations of sand,
    Built by cruelly tying me up,
    Your shackled Christian man.

    I’m a full-bound-up man,
    Tied until denouement,
    Blinkered until In That Day,
    A day of improvement.

    A day when God must manifest,
    In unbound-by-wrong-doxie persons,
    A day when rapture and the rest,
    Are cut off by orthodox conversions.

    Tied up until denouement,
    Then free-in-God at last!
    No limit to God manifesting,
    When bad doctrines are axed!

    The free Christian so happy,
    To be, hurrah! God-indwelt!
    Will find it odd that for so long,
    Ties were what believers felt!

    Ties make prisoners,
    Prisoners of thought,
    Get free, oh captives,
    From what we’ve bought.

    We’ve bought lies as Christians,
    Antithetical to indwelling!
    Now, In That Day: Denouement,
    We buy freedom that God is selling!

    Oh denouement, oh denouement!
    Hallelu!
    Cut loose lie-ties, and God lives in,
    Myself and you!

    Oh freed ones, oh freed ones,
    Cry not for what freedom has cost!
    Help others, help others,
    Tied up in insouciance: still lost!

    Yes, people will cry when denouement comes,
    Narrowly avoiding hell,
    We’ll all cry big tears of happy sadness,
    In That Day, we’ll wail.

  4. Andrea 9 months ago

    Amen 💖

  5. James 9 months ago

    I agree 100%..however after 29 yrs we still believe our FULL potential/destiny are not fullfilled yet..waiting..surely God lifts you up and promotes you through people..however we are a constant threat to Spiritual Leaders

  6. Jennifer Idachaba 9 months ago

    I feel exactly what u have written about here. It feels as if u are relating my life history. Thanks alot.

  7. Michelle 9 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this. I’ve read it several times over the course of the week. Super encouraging, and also helps check perspective.

  8. vonai sibanda 6 months ago

    thank u i had e same prob w u. waiting i aprovsl, tnank u

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