A parable to start your day.
Three bricklayers are asked, “What are you doing?”
The first says, “I am laying bricks.”
The second says, “I am building a church.”
And the third says, “I am building the house of God.”
The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third has a calling.
I think most people identify with the first brick layer but secretly wish they were the third. We WANT to do ___________ but we HAVE to do _______________. A calling brings the two together. Most people misunderstand what a calling actually means. I sure did.
For decades, I believed I was called by God to serve him in the local Church. I gave my heart, soul and mind to a career as a youth pastor and looking back I still feel pride in the good work I was able to accomplish alongside so many wonderful people. But then things changed. As much as I wanted to, I no longer believed in my calling. Or my God. This realization took time to root, but when it did, I was devastated. Heartbroken. Not only had I lost my job and career, I had lost my calling. As inconvenient as it was, I knew I could no longer lie to myself or the Church I was serving. I had no choice but to walk away. This took a courage I never knew I had. Without a calling I felt lost, depressed and had no idea what to do.
What do you do when you don’t know what to do? You lay brick.
For the past 10 years, I’ve laid brick in the form of running a landscaping company. I’m quite certain a God never called me to do this, although my family still needed to eat. I had to get over myself in order to mow people’s lawns. Going from a discerned calling to a random career I wasn’t qualified for wasn’t easy and laying brick sure didn’t compare to building God’s house. At least, I never thought it did. But I had missed the obvious.
Laying brick is building God’s house.
Yes, I was just mowing lawns, but I wasn’t. I was discovering who I was, learning how to leap, building an ethical business I am immensely proud of and most importantly, living a life of integrity. What could be more Godly than that?
I no longer believe God is a male entity that lives beyond the clouds demanding we serve him through one specific calling that we better figure out. God is our higher self, whispering words from within, reminding us of our greatest calling:
Be true to yourself. And to others be true.
This inspired me to start The Leaping Connection. The truest thing I have ever done.
One day, many years from now, you’ll look up from your bricks, sweat dripping in your eyes and you’ll see what you’ve built. If you’ve remained true to yourself, you’ll know in an instant, you’ve build a house fit for a God.