Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: "Live Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission in Life"

Hook, line and sinker. Right here:

"God calls you to be the 'you' that he created you to be. He knows, however, that you can only become your real self if you give yourself to him. C. S. Lewis wrote, 'The more we get what we now call 'ourselves' out of the way, and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become...it is when I turn to Christ, when I give myself up to his personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own...Sameness is to be found among the most 'natural' men, not among those who surrender to Christ.' Within our relationship with God we can be transformed into extraordinary individuals he intends us to be.

If we keep our relationship with God at the center of our lives, he can also equip and empower us to do the extraordinary things he designed us to do. The things to which God calls us are usually challenging. In Experiencing God, Henry Blackaby says that moving from our way of thinking or acting to God's way of thinking or acting requires us to make major adjustments. We cannot stay where we are and go with God at the same time. We have to be willing to make changes in our lives.

Sometimes the problem in finding our vocational calling is not that we are unclear about God's calling to us, but rather that we are unwilling to do what he is asking. For many of us, financial concerns get in the way of our following where God is leading. Over the years, we have had many people begin their career counseling with us by expressing their desire to do whatever God wants them to do with their lives. If their new vocational calling would necessitate living on less income, however, their tendency often was to stay in the same job or field in order to maintain their lifestyle. Living our calling may require confronting some difficult money issues that have no easy solutions.

We have seen stunning examples of God's faithfulness to people who choose to trust him to meet their financial needs as they pursue their vocational calling. Jim and Jan believed that God was calling them to leave their positions in higher education and join Wycliffe Bible Translators, a nonprofit organization. One large obstacle stood in Jan's way, however. She was afraid that if they made this career change, their reduced income would be inadequate to fund a dearly held dream: to send their children (then ages three, eight and ten) to a Christian college.

In spite of her concern, they made the decision to join the organization and entrust God with their children's education. Nineteen years later, their three children were all graduates of Westmont, a Christian college in Santa Barbara, California. At a time when the national average for undergraduate debt was more than $12,000, all three graduated debt-free. Their story illustrates that God has unlimited resources he can make available to us if we trust him enough to follow where he leads. 

Keeping our primary calling primary builds our faith and trust in God so that we are able to answer 'Yes!' to his call despite our fears and reservations. We trust that he is calling us toward something that is the very best for us, and we have faith that he will provide what we need to fulfill that calling. Keeping our focus on the Lord also reminds us that our ultimate accountability for what we do with our lives is not to our parents, spouse, boss, neighbors, society or ourselves. We are to live our lives playing to the Audience of One: God."---"Live Your Calling", pg. 13-14

A good man (and woman's) steps are ordered (Psalm 37:23). *In order*. Feel free to cop the book. It's got some *real gems* within it.

Lech Lecha...*for real, doe!* (LOL)


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