Someone's Life Depends on You Answering Your Calling

Real Estate Broker/Owner with 3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. #9001154

I found this statement as part of one of my client's signature line. I sat in awe just for a few minutes to digest the significance of what she wrote.

Someone's life depends on you answering your calling - WOW.

Yes, your job on a daily basis is not as earth shattering as an emergency room doctor, or a neo-natal intensive care unit nurse. But who's to say a noble profession such as a pre-school teacher, or a customer service rep at T-mobile is any less?

A wonderful book changed the course of my life. For that, I am eternally grateful. I am so glad I left my old life in pursuit of my new. That's also the reason why you may enjoy my thoughts and my blog. Had I been the old person, you probably wouldn't like me.

The book is Purpose-Driven Life by Rick Warren. Back in 2004, I hit the lowest point in my life. I was in an accident that forever changed the way I drive near an 18-wheeler. It crashed behind a truck, the truck hit me and I hit the car in front of me. That incident scared me more than it hurt me (good thing). Then, a few weeks later, I found myself with a swollen left eye (size as big as a baseball). I found out that a bacteria was eating my kornea and it has just missed it by 1 mm. Had it started eating my iris first, I would have been blind. At that time, I was 28, still thinking I had a full life ahead of me, but being blind in 1 eye would have been devastating. Pretty gril but so sad, blind in 1 eye..... I didn't enjoy my corporate job and felt like I was a rat running on the spinning wheel with no where to go.

My dear husband had a bible study with his buddies from work. They did the Purpose Driven Life. Although he had always loved me dearly since we met, I felt the love he had for me became different (good different). I knew it had something to do with the book, so I read it for myself.

Life and things for me began to make sense. So, eventually I gave my heart to the Lord and never looked back.

It was in Africa 2006 when I decided to step up to my calling. I had started real estate part time in 2003 and God called me to Africa. He had something to show me. And secretly, I was afraid that He would call me to be a missionary. I didn't want that for my life.

One day in the villages of Kenya, I took a break from ministering to the ladies and children. I sat down by the grass and God told me to look over where the ladies were collecting water for their household. He told me,

Loreena - How much do I love the birds and the bees but look at them. They always search for food daily and I never left them hungry (Matthew 6). Now, how much more do you think I love you? Have I ever left you out in the cold to fend for yourself???

You worry about retirement. You worry about that constant paycheck that comes in every other week. When are you going to stop worrying and serve me whole-heartedly? Did you know life is more than just your 401K retirement fund? (I had issues with money security).

Now, look at these people around you. I've always kept them fed and warm. They are happy just the way they are. How much do you think they've stored away in their 401K accounts?


Just with that, I took my first bold step to tell my husband that the time is NOW. He supported me in my decision and I've never looked back. I came home and prayed about it more (just to make sure). As soon as I made the decision, I told my boss that I was calling it quits. I gave the company an 8-week notice when most people around me said I shouldn't. It was around bonus decision making time. But I had a bigger promise to my boss than the carrot (bonus) dangling in front of me. The last day of work, my boss called me in, wished me well and handed me my biggest bonus paycheck ever. It just gave me more financial security - something I was worried sick about.

I told him, "I wasn't expecting one since I'm leaving the company". He said, "Why wouldn't I? I worked a full year and the company did well. He's giving me my fair share of my extra hard work". Wow - God showed me fairness again and God showed me how I just need to do the right thing (I honored my word to my boss) and He will take care of the rest.


Today, I live God's calling in my life. Sure, I'm not a brain surgeon or a heart doctor and I'm never going to be smart enough. But my works are still very important. I don't have to wait until "I'm there or I'm perfect" to answer God's calling. Co-incidentally, He's always used the imperfect people to teach the "Perfect-In-Their-Minds".

I give homeowners who face foreclosure an option to save their credit and their dignity. I help homeonwers move on to their dreams of jumping on the trampolin with their children. I house families in their homes and to create wonderful memories.

Until God moves me, I am called to bloom where I am planted. Today, I am planted in Frisco TX and real estate is my mission field. 3:16 team REALTY was born in July 2007 and I've never looked back. I only know if I live in God's calling on my life, I can never go wrong.

With a name like 3:16, it may seem that it might scare some people away. And yes, I have 1 agenda in my mind when I put on my Realtor suit. It is to love on those who called me to serve them - be it clients or other real estate people. The love encompass a multitude of things I may do for them. It is NOT to share the Word with them. That's not my job. It is HIS job.

3:16 team REALTY stems from 1 John 3:16 that said, Now that we know what Christ has done for us, we must do for one another.

There you have it. The story of how I answered my calling. How about you? Are you answering God's calling on your life? Do you know that someone's life depends on you answering your calling??? Put that into perspective each time you do something. It will change your vision and your perspective.


As Rick Warren put it in his book, Your life is bigger than you. I say, You need to get out of the way to get His message across. So, will you do things out of your discomfort for Him? Will you do whatever it takes to fulfill the calling He has for your life? His plans are always better than yours.


PS: For my clients - Thank you so much for the opportunity to serve you. Thank you for letting me answer my calling through your real estate needs. It's not a job I take lightly.


Scripture of the Week:

I planted, and Apollos watered, but God made it grow.
(1 Corinthians 3:6)


Real also, When You Let God Guide, He provides



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Loreena Yeo
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Tony Grego, 317-663-4173 #1 Trade Association for Alternative Inv
REISA - 317-663-4173 - Indianapolis, IN

Sometimes all you have to do in life and business is pick up the phone. It amazes me at the amount of messages I leave everyday

Jan 30, 2010 10:24 PM #1
1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

Loreena, you are trusting in the One that CAN make changes in our lives when we listen and obey.  Excellent post, thank you for writing this. 


Jan 30, 2010 10:28 PM #2
Ann-Marie Clements
Dubai International School, UAE - Saint John, NB
M.S. Ed., Innovative Proactive Principal

Hi Loreena,  You have a wonderful story and thank goodness you listen to your spiritual being and saw your calling.  Always listen to your heart and things will happen for the best!  ;>))

Jan 30, 2010 10:38 PM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I have a friend going to Africe next month to help females. It is a mission for ten days. People have informed her that it will change her outlook on life forever. Hmmmm maybe we all need an Africa experience.

Jan 30, 2010 10:52 PM #4
Robin Lundholm
Cape May, NJ

Just the post I needed to read on a Sunday morning while drinking my coffee.  I am glad you listened with a part of you other then your ears.  You sound very happy now.

Jan 30, 2010 10:54 PM #5
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

Harry - All I'm going to say is becareful what you wished for.... Please share with your friend.

My Africa Mission trip photos.


Jan 30, 2010 10:59 PM #6
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Good Morning Loreeno-A truly beautiful and uplifting message. God Bless. <SMILE>

Jan 30, 2010 11:42 PM #7
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Loreena, we are snow and iced in today so the Church had to cancel services. It's amazing how God uses different people to get His message across. I really needed to read this today! God Bless.

Jan 30, 2010 11:46 PM #8
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

I love that scripture. I worry too much about retirement. WE have none but God keeps telling me, "I've never let you down. Trust me."

And to think now your husband has joined you, another step of faith.


Jan 31, 2010 12:04 AM #9
Sally Morris
Greenwood Realty ( Greenwood SC ) - Greenwood, SC

Loreena I agree sometimes it is hard for us to remember that our blessings and livelyhood come from the Lord not from man. We are earthly beings and we tend to look at life through earthly eyes instead of looking up to the true Provider. Great post, great testimony.God Bless you!


Jan 31, 2010 12:05 AM #10
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Here is a scripture that prove God will provide for He says:

3 John 2- 4.

2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

When you are obedience and do what you are call to do, your sould will be fulfilled giving you energy to work on His calling with passion.

Jan 31, 2010 12:13 AM #11
Joan Zappa
Eagles Wings Realty - Montrose, CO
Professional treatment of our clients, brings awes

Loreena, Many will be blessed by your openness to share your heart. This has encouraged us this morning as we have been seeking the Lord about many areas as well. If we truly have faith to believe His promises we can rejoice in our situation and with a thankful heart praise His name. Even when we do not understand.

Jan 31, 2010 01:08 AM #12
Cherise Selley
Selley Group Real Estate, LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs Realtor

Loreena...your life story about your persevering faith through adversity has obviously given you Job's view of God's glory...our life stories are very similar...check out my husband's site at His grip, Cherise

Jan 31, 2010 02:37 AM #13
Sheila Moran
RE/MAX Access (Garden Ridge, San Antonio, New Braunfels) - New Braunfels, TX, RE/MAX Access, 210-32


I can't wait to meet you in person in Dallas!

I loved this post.  It is strong, shows your commitment to your purpose and life's work. 

Jan 31, 2010 05:21 AM #14
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Great story of your faith journey Loreena. Let go and let God.

Jan 31, 2010 08:56 AM #15
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Loreena, thank you for sharing your testimony and answering God's call.  My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."  God already has all your retirement plans worked out.  One day you'll stand before Him and He'll say, "Job well done, good and faithful servant."

Jan 31, 2010 01:46 PM #16
Maria Marriott
Executive Properties - Roseville, CA
Realtor -

Loreena: I've read The Prupose Driven Life a while back. Will start reading it again...Thanks for the great post.

Feb 01, 2010 01:36 AM #17
Andi Grant
310-508-4354 | - Los Angeles, CA
Helping 1st time buyers and home sellers in LA!

Oh wow Loreena!  I posted something today after I heard something at my church service yesterday.  It was about God's calling for us Realtors in emergency situation!  Coincidence, I think not!  I am blown away at how He works! 


Feb 01, 2010 04:54 AM #18
Barb Fischer
Big Block Realty - La Mesa, CA
San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate

Loreena, that was absolutely beautiful, and inspiring. Thank you!

Feb 01, 2010 02:19 PM #19
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

I'm not sure how I got to this story - and I guess that's the cool part.  I needed this today, and I appreciate your inspirational words and spirit!  God Bless!

People would not face the IRS without paying for a CPA, they would not face a $300,000 lawsuit without the representation of an Attorney... in today's environment - they should not face any kind of contract for real estate with out paying for a professional who will work for them!


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