Recently I changed my blogging site and with that came a new name.
There were a few reasons I decided to change the blogging website and get a personalized domain, but they all come back to sharing. I want to share my life with my family, who lives so far away. I want to share my life with the wonderful friends who are praying for Team Huancayo and financially supporting our efforts. I want to share my life with those who dream of their own futures and are looking for inspiration.
I remember being in high school and being interested in attending ACU. One day while I was doing some research on what ACU offered, I came across a blog two girls wrote during their study abroad semester in Uruguay. They talked about fun things they did and interesting encounters they had with people. They shared pictures and videos to help their experiences come to life for people who weren’t able to be there. In the end, their blog is what fully convinced me to attend ACU with the hopes of studying abroad in Montevideo, Uruguay. Who would’ve thought I’d end up spending two semesters in that beautiful country?
I had attempted to share my experiences like those two girls did with my last blog, but wasn’t very successful. I had that blog for 3 years but only updated a handful of posts. During that time I interned as a missionary for 2 months in Costa Rica, studied abroad in Uruguay for 2 semesters, and took a couple of work trips to Huancayo, Peru. Yet there isn’t much on the blog to show for it. I was too busy learning how to process all that I was experiencing myself.
It’s like the different stages of learning. The first time you learn about something, you’re really only familiarizing yourself with it. You generally understand the concepts, but trying to explain them to someone who has never learned it before is like pulling tooth and nail. You just don’t know the material well enough to explain it in a way that makes sense yet. The more you learn, however, the better you grasp the details of the concepts. The better you grasp the details, the more you can explain them to others. In a way, that’s what these last few years of traveling abroad has taught me. Now I’m familiar with how my brain processes new things, and can better explain them to others. That is why this blog is dedicated to sharing.
The name of my previous blog was “to the ends of the earth.” It’s the last part of Acts 1:8 in the New Testament and holds a very deep meaning for me. So much, in fact, that it became my first tattoo when I was 18. To go everywhere and anywhere, to the ends of the earth, proclaiming the gospel. & being reminded in the journey that it’s not through your own power, but through the power of the Holy Spirit that people receive the good news. Acts 1:8 reminds you of these things, but also that you’re not alone. That God has not abandoned you no matter how far away he may seem in the moment. It’s a very powerful verse.
I thought about keeping the same blog name for a while, but the more I thought about it, the more “calling” came to mind. You see, like most North American Christians I’ve thrown the word “calling” around a lot.
I’m called to go to ACU.
I feel called or led to speak to so-and-so.
God’s calling me to Huancayo, Peru.
The more I reflect on how we use this word, the more I get the feeling we’re missing the bigger picture. We mostly equate calling to action. Whatever career we have or place we choose to live in becomes what God has called us to because we feel a certain amount of peace in the decision or perhaps an intense supernatural attraction to it. I’m not saying I don’t believe God doesn’t call us to do certain things, because I believe he does. However, I believe it’s secondary to what God calls all of us to.
More than calling us to go somewhere or do a certain thing, God calls us to be.
God calls us to love Him with all our heart, soul, and mind. Matthew 22:37
God calls us to love our neighbor like ourselves. Matthew 22:39
God calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Matthew 5:13-16
More than anything else, God calls us into a new character and identity in Christ. As Christians, this is what our life’s journey is all about.
& this is the reason for the new name of the blog, Calling Katie.
Journeys tend to be a little messy and often don’t go according to plan, but they always make a great story. So this is me, sharing my story with you.