I am no longer callingless. In fact, I now have 2 callings!
The first is to be the assistant Ward employment specialist. This will be assisting the Ward Employment Specialist (beloved hubby) as needed to help the folks in our ward (congregation) with their employment needs – looking for a job, building a resume, interviewing skills, and/or looking for better jobs than the one they may already have.
I know that beloved hubby loves working on this. After all, work is an important part of life and is one of the first commandments God gave Adam: “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread” Genesis 3:19. Although God said, “cursed is the ground for thy sake” (Genesis 3:17), it was not a punishment, it was a blessing “for thy sake”, but that’s a subject for another day.
The other calling I received is as Nursery Music Director, a fancy name for singing with the Nursery children (ages 18 months to 3 years) during the last 15 minutes of church. This will be a lot of fun, especially since the last music director created several things for the kids to do while they are singing, and I’ve always loved singing.
So now I will be serving regularly at church again. It wasn’t too hard a callingless period as I substituted as Relief Society teacher, chorister, and pianist in the interim, and was able to concentrate more fully on my visiting teaching, but there really is a reason why the Lord set up His Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a lay ministry (means we don’t get paid) and with pretty well every member being given a calling.
It does help when you feel needed and you have the opportunity to serve others, just as Jesus did. You learn to love others, build your faith and skills, and rely on the Lord in ways you never would have otherwise. And the Lord helps you to be successful, no matter the call you get, as it is His call for you and He wants you to be successful and to learn to bless others.
It is a most marvelous and awesome blessing!