This may be one of the most frequently considered questions in the Christian faith. In a world with a million options, how do I know if I’m fulfilling God’s call on my life? If you find yourself asking that question, you are not alone. Chick-fil-a operator and Highlands College Evening Program graduate Mike Holmes felt the same question lingering inside of him not too long ago. It wasn’t until he took the Evening Program’s Personal Leadership course that Mike understood what calling is. Once he had a better definition, Mike realized that “God is more concerned about your primary calling than He is about your secondary calling” and that he’d been placing too much emphasis on the latter.
As a Christ-follower, we all share the primary calling of being in a relationship with God. Mike admitted that it’s easy to get caught up in a picture of what we think God has called us to and believe that’s the priority. Our time and attention moves to “what I am doing?” rather than “Who I am following?”. Once Mike grasped the truth that his calling first stems from His devotion to Christ, he felt clarity about his secondary calling.
Our secondary calling is our occupation or vocation. Once Mike realized that his primary purpose is to be in a relationship with God, he began to view his role at Chick-fil-a differently. “I had the mindset of being a business leader first, Christian second. But a switch flipped when I learned my primary calling of being a Christ-follower. I now lead as a Christian first, and Chick-fil-A Operator second.” Now that Mike has prioritized his callings, he feels like the pressure he experienced no longer exists.