Magnify your calling

In three weeks, our family will be moving to another state. Of course, this means we are frantically trying to get EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE WORLD DONE before we leave. (Hmmm… am I a little bit stressed?) I feel a need to try to “tie up loose ends” in my calling, and, of course, I’m starting to look back on how I’ve done over the past 18 months or so as the deacon’s quorum adviser.

When I start a new calling, I usually try to go in enthusiastically, get all kinds of good ideas about how to do things, get to know the people I’ll be serving, and so on. But with time, that enthusiasm tends to fade as the calling becomes more … well, mundane, I guess. I don’t feel like I put the same energy into it as I did when I started. Now, as things are wrapping up, I feel a new surge of urgency.

How does this pattern (which I imagine is fairly common) fit into our ideas of what it means to magnify a calling? Of course, we have the scripture about not running faster than we have strength, but still being diligent. This seems to translate very easily into rationalizing a lack of effort.

So, what does it mean to magnify your calling? Just doing the “minimum” expected? Going above and beyond the call of duty? Keeping the initial enthusiasm going for years? Innovating? What do you do to maintain balance in serving in your calling?

5 thoughts on “Magnify your calling

  1. Of course, we have the scripture about not running faster than we have strength, but still being diligent. This seems to translate very easily into rationalizing a lack of effort.

    Yes, yes it does. It’s probably my least favorite scripture in all the Book of Mormon, not because it’s not good, just because people are ALWAYS using it to make excuses.

    For me, personally magnifying my calling means that I take my calling seriously. It is an integral part of my life. It isn’t something I just remember on Sunday, but is just as much a part of who I am as my priesthood office. It’s simply who and what I am. For instance, I am a ward clerk, that’s my job and I think about it constantly throughout the day and when the Lord prompts me to do something I do it. I think a great deal of people do not take their callings seriously, do not make it a part of them, and thus do not magnify their call or reap any blessings therefrom.

  2. To me, “magnify your calling” means:

    A) Writing “Relief Society Pianist” on a piece of paper, putting it in a photocopier on 200% and pressing the green button.

    Or
    B) Writing “Relief Society Pianist” on a piece of paper, putting a magnifying glass over it to make the words look bigger.

    Or
    C) Writing “Relief Society Pianist” on a piece of paper, putting a magnifying glass over it and letting the sun burn the piece of paper.

    I’d take a vote at which joke you like best (because I couldn’t decide which was funniest so I put up all three), but since no one even types up an LOL at jokes around here I doubt I’d get much response. I mean, the above particular jokes aren’t all that funny, but I recall some really funny jokes posted in the past that got little comment.
    Like…..when the WoW and meat was brought up, someone said they avoid eating too much meat by eating lots of chocolate. That had to be the funniest thing I’d ever heard!

  3. JKS,
    ROFL…especially after a particularly harrowing day as Primary pianist…

  4. I think magnifying your calling means this:
    When you first get your calling, and you are really pumped up about it — you know the feeling — pray for that feeling to continue with you throughout the time that you have that calling. It means turning off the TV and using that extra hour that you would have spent being a couch potato doing something amazing — going the extra mile. Amazing results require amazing efforts. AND…it’s always worth it…it’s a win/win situation. You are blessed — you get a big buzz and those you serve get that same buzz. Heavenly Father blesses those you serve thru you.

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