I read a thoughtful article over on a blog I follow called Facebook Apostles. The article helped briefly to define our motivation for serving: ego or calling. I was struck by the last bullet point: “Ego wants to preserve the self. Calling wants to impact others.” I am discovering this difference for myself now. Ego will fight to survive and maintain “face”; calling will fight for another at the cost of self. But I think it goes a step further. Following a calling, as opposed to responding to ego, will help to define (or re-define) the self. With a calling you are aware that there will be risks even though you aren’t certain what those risks are. And yet you move forward nonetheless. Take a look at that article here.