21 results for tag: calling


10 Quotes that Will Radically Reshape Your Idea of Calling

Tim Keller on "Why Calling Matters" “Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavours, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavour, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.” Os Guinness on "Making an Idol of Work" “Do we enjoy our work, love our work, virtually worship our work so that our devotion to Jesus is off-center? Do we put our emphasis on service, usefulness, or being productive in ...

A Dream Factory from Hell: When Can Your Dreams Steal Your Joy?

  There’s a lot of encouragement to dream big, but more important than the size of the dream is where it’s really coming from and why. Is your dream really God’s vision for your life? Not all dreams bring life. The wrong dream rising from the wrong place will suffocate joy rather than create it. For nine years my dream was to earn a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Vanderbilt University, replace my mentor as the Chaplain at my alma mater, and teach in the Religion Department. Nothing could dissuade or sidetrack me. I spent a ridiculous amount of money, moved my family twice, and sacrificed almost everything for this dream. Eventually, ...

Why Calling Must Matter to Christian Leaders

Back in 2005, I was sitting in a church service in Muncie, IN and I heard God tell me that I should be a pastor. After hearing this, I immediately told my wife who confirmed that call in my life. In the weeks and months after that several others confirmed it as well. I then took steps to move in that direction by enrolling in seminary and speaking with pastors to uncover what it would take to align my life with God’s calling for me. In 2011 I was hired as a full-time pastor at the church where I currently serve. It was a long road with many ups and downs and obstacles along the way, but I am exactly where I believe God has called me. Romans 12 ...

How to Make a Difference People Love: Insights from Largest-ever Study on Award-Winning Work

What constitutes great work? How do you really make a difference people love? David Sturt, EVP of O.C. Tanner Institute, spearheaded the world’s largest-ever study on award-winning work. Instead of most research that focuses on personality traits, O.C. Tanner took a different approach and focused on the work itself - under what conditions it happens, and what people are doing when they produce it.  “Think about how your work affects others, look at the larger purpose of your work and who it benefits, and see yourself as a potential difference-maker.” Here are seven distilled insights on how anyone can have great work – that is, to ...

How to Connect Sunday Worship to Monday Work

“If it falls to your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music ... Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” - Martin Luther King Jr. Did you know only 13% of employees worldwide like their work? If you work in the United States, consider yourself blessed. Three out of ten employees are engage and inspired at work, while less than one out of ten employees enjoy work in countries like China, Japan, France, Iran etc. ...

Interview with Valerie Myers: Conversations about Calling

Valerie Myers is a dynamic scholar, speaker, and author of the “Conversations About Calling.”  She is a management professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and the President and CEO of Myers Management Consulting, LLC. She is a pioneer on the topic of the meaning of work as a calling. Her calling is to elevate the character, climate, and quality of work. I interviewed Valerie to share her insights on calling and meaning of work. Paul: Why should I care about calling at all? Isn't this reserved for people who are in vocational ministry? Valerie: The revolutionary idea of calling espoused by Protestant Reformers 500 ...

Unshakable Confidence in our Calling – Jeremiah 1:7-8

But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8 ESV) As I read the story of Jeremiah, I cannot help but think of the spectrum of emotions this young prophet must have grappled with. Imagine the overwhelming sense of fear and inadequacy that surrounded this young man’s response to this call coupled with an awe-struck realization that the living God has called him as his vessel for a greater purpose… At a young age, Jeremiah was called to ...

Os Guinness: His Surprising Metaphor of Calling

Hundreds of thousands of trees have been inexorably consumed in the name of discovering the “ultimate why” in life.  Numerous titles of these books are enticing and appropriate as it promises to satisfy our deep longing to find and fulfill our overarching purpose in life. However, the reader soon becomes disenchanted with its spurious claims coupled and superficial advice on how to construct your life plan. Here’s a classic example. One man in his vainglorious attempt spends countless hours to articulate a succinct, eloquent statement of his purpose. He uses a systematic way of defining his purpose as if you are building a strategic plan. ...

J.S. Bach: The Theologian Inside, Composer Outside

“The aim and final end of all music should none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” – J.S. Bach Millions of people have heard of Bach. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is arguably the most famous and gifted of all composers past and present in the entire western world. Even after 250 years since his death, Bach’s music lifts the heart and energizes the soul. However, many do not know that behind the façade of the brilliant composer was a theologian whose heart was after God, only God. He just happened to be working with a keyboard and writing music. In fact, he believed that music was a “refreshment of ...

How I Took a Sabbatical to Discover My Calling

If you’re a young professional, taking a Sabbatical is a crucial part of growing your career and focusing your calling in life. What is a Sabbatical? It is an extended rest from work, or a hiatus, in order to achieve something. The concept of a Sabbatical came from God in the Scriptures, when He gave the commandment to stop working the fields in the seventh year. According to Wikipedia, Sabbaticals are growing trends in the United Kingdom with 20% of companies having a career break policy for employees and a further 10% considering starting one. For young professionals in their twenties, I highly recommend taking a Sabbatical to reflect on and ...