I love to travel. The thought of boarding a plane and leaving for a new, exciting destination thrills my soul! A few years ago, Jenny and I had a lay-over at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. It is the 3rd busiest airport in the world. As we looked at the thousands of passengers, we realized that it would require all of a person’s mental and physical faculties to ensure they catch a connecting flight on time. They would have to focus on their flight, their gate number and their particular destination, or risk missing the flight.
I believe that this also applies to our God given purpose. Once you identify your mission, you cannot become distracted by the thousands of other missions that are going on around you. Another person’s mission does not negate your mission and your mission does not negate their mission. For instance, some people are compelled to go to a particular foreign country, while others are compelled to stay in the same community that they grew up in. Some may have a passion for helping recovering addicts and others have a passion for orphaned children. The beauty is that we are all called to catch our own “flight” and we do not need to compare our flight with another person’s flight. As a matter of fact, if we do, we will most likely miss our connection in the process.
There is another great benefit to ensuring that you focus on fulfilling your particular calling. Once you successfully navigate the “airport” of available destinations and are on your way to your destination, you will realize that everyone around you is heading to the same destination as you. These people are from your tribe. You will find it encouraging to hear the stories of how they recognized their calling and you will be of mutual encouragement to one another.
I write this to encourage those who are just beginning to embrace their calling/purpose and are looking around to realize that you are not currently with your tribe. That does not necessarily mean the people you are currently with are wrong, just that they are going to a different destination. As a result, you may need to go out and find your “flight”. When you do, you will find your tribe around you as well.