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?