She only exists in this blog, but you might be able to relate with her experience.
Emma is a modern go-getter battling a familiar dilemma: feeling lost amidst career choices. She has an OK mid-level corporate job, but yearns to be an artist.
Emma's torn between societal norms and her passion. Emma knows that every role – whether baker, teacher, or tech wizard – is a form of worship. (Yes, seriously, it is!).
How can every kind of work be holy? Check out 1 Corinthians 10:31: "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." Translation: Emma’s work is a chance to showcase skills while giving a nod to God who gave them to her.
Here’s the problem: Emma is stuck in safe mode.
So she went to church and heard a bible verse that spoke to her heart. It was as if the voice of God was speaking directly to her. Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." She heard God saying: trust the process; faith guides unexpected paths.
So, Emma dives in and takes a leap of faith. She seeks out a coach who will help her by asking the questions she already knows the answer to, but might be too afraid to ask herself.
After two coaching conversations, Emma chooses to dive into art and each brushstroke brings her closer to her purpose. As she is moving forward, she holds onto Ephesians 2:10: "We are his workmanship, created for good works." Her talents contribute to God’s bigger plan for her, the people around her, and the world.
Fast forward 12 months: Emma's art inspires others. Her journey into her calling echoes Romans 12:4-5: "We are one body in Christ, each with a unique role." She would tell you to embrace the calling God has placed on your life and has affirmed in your passions and skills. It's part of God’s ultimate story of all things - including our passion and calling, being renewed and affirmed through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is the new life Jesus has come to bring.
Emma is brave to step out of safe mode and into the work only God can do in her and through her. She is embracing her calling with renewed understanding - not knowing where it will all go, and trusting Jesus is in every moment of work that has been given her to do.
Your purpose and calling unfolds like Emma’s - one step at a time.
What is your next step to affirm God’s calling in your work or embrace God’s calling into a new kind of work?
Getting connected this fall is your next step. You can learn more at oslc.com/launch. 🌟
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.