CALL of DUTY
What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Call of Duty”? Honor? Sacrifice? X-Box? For all of us it brings up something different based on our life experiences or that of a loved one. I think of my Grandpa Jack who was held by Germans as a prisoner of war. I can’t imagine what he went through and how it must have effected who he was for the rest of his life.
While the phrase “Call of Duty” has an emotional charge, it also has a sobering effect. It gives pause to think: What in my life do I view as a call to duty? What aspects of my life are so important that they are a calling? My parents, significant other or children? An organization that serves those with mental illness, cancer or homelessness? The list is endless.
What are these relationships calling out? How does serving them serve what is important inside each one of us? It is through the very nature of these relationship that we are lifting up one another.
A call of duty is usually about someone else. But what callings do we have for ourself? The more we tap in to the truths about who we are and what we value, the better we understand where our callings and duties lie. Our callings are not fixed. As our lives move forward we find new callings awakening.
The more we understand how each important relationship in our life is its own calling, the better we serve one another. The more we understand the truths that live inside of us, the better we can serve those higher callings. All around and inside of us are callings- it’s ours to choose how we answer.