20 Questions to Help You Discern Your Calling

God has placed a calling on your life.  He has created you to do something.  But it’s difficult to figure out exactly what that is.  Or is it?

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God has given you ways that you can find out what He wants you to do.  Because He has hardwired you to thrive in certain situations.

The search for your calling in life mirrors your search for the heart of God.  God wants you to seek Him with all your heart and in the process you will learn more about yourself.

Here are 20 questions to consider as you seek out your calling.

Three Reasons to Be the Church at Work

Many Christians have a wall between their faith and their work.  They have a Sunday way of thinking, and a way of thinking for the rest of the week.  But you don’t have to limit your faith to the four walls of the church building.  You can be the Church at work.

the Church at Work

Colossians 3:23-4 tells us that we should put our all into whatever we do, because we ultimately serve the Lord and not just our bosses.  So you can allow your faith to permeate all areas of your life—especially your work.

You can look at your workplace as a mission field.  And here’s why we should be the Church at work.

How to Pursue a God-Sized Vision

I recently led a strategic planning session where I explained how an organization can develop a God-sized vision.

God-sized vision

I told the group that if you think you can achieve the vision in your own strength, then it’s not a God-sized vision.  But if you cannot achieve the vision without God’s involvement, then you know that it’s a God-sized vision.

Here’s the five-step process I shared with the group for developing a God-sized vision for yourself, your ministry, or your business.

Why Excellence at Work is a Spiritual Priority

We all know that we should put in our best work on the job.  But why?  What is your motivation for delivering excellence at work?

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Are you looking to make more money?  Do you want a promotion?  Are you trying to get into the boss’ inner circle?

All of those reasons are good.  Unless they are your only reasons.

Here are three ways you can make excellence at work a spiritual priority.

The Discipline of Finding God’s Vision for Your Life – Part 3: Your Faith Journey

In my last two posts, I provided a definition of vision and recounted the literal faith journey that God called Abram to embrace. But today’s post is about you.

your faith journey

Romans 4:23-24 tells us that account was not written for his sake alone, but also for us.  So that didn’t happen just for Abraham’s benefit.  It happened for your benefit too.

God delights when we respond in faith and believe He can do the impossible through us.  When God places that call upon our lives to do something beyond ourselves, He is glorified when we say yes.

Here’s how God wants to use you—and your work—in your faith journey.

When Is Our Labor Worth Celebrating?

What is the purpose of all of our labor under the sun?  Why should we get up and do the work that we have to do each day?

Solomon tells us in Ecclesiastes 2:24 that there is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink and make his soul enjoy good in his labor.  He even said that was from the hand of God.

But then Solomon later says in the same book that all of the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled (Ecclesiastes 6:7).

So why should we labor?  And when is it worth celebrating?

What God Will Do If We Will Be Obedient

Interview with Linda Oliver

Linda Oliver: What God Will Do If We Will Be ObedientLinda Oliver is a reminder of what God is willing to do if we will be obedient.  I don’t know how anyone can listen to Linda’s story with dry eyes.

Linda is a professional singer, a public relations consultant, a fundraiser, an interior designer, and also a speaker.

Linda has served in the halls of power.  She’s founded a nonprofit.  She’s experienced amazing healing in her life.  And she’s the mother of Ashley, who is a walking miracle.

God uses the pain that we go through to minister to others.  Because Linda was able to go through what she went through, she inspires us to go through what we have to go through.

I’ve never had an interview as deep and powerful as this one before, and I probably never will.

Here’s how Linda Oliver discovered her purpose.

What Are You Willing to Commit Your Life to?

Interview with Brad Mattes, Life Issues Institute

Brad MattesHave you ever had a sense that you were put here for a purpose—but you couldn’t figure out what it was?  Brad Mattes can relate.

He wasn’t sure of the direction where he was supposed to go.  But he put his beliefs and convictions into action.  And the rest is history.

Today Brad is the President of Life Issues Institute.  And the President of the International Right to Life Federation.  And the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network.

I recently talked with Brad by phone.  Here’s how he found his calling and then stuck with it.

Four Key Ceremonies for a Boy on the Path to Manhood

When does a boy know he’s a man?  When his father—or another man—tells him so.

There is no biological point in a boy’s life when he knows he’s become a man.  He must be called out of boyhood and into manhood by another man.

Why so?  Sociologist Stephen Clark says it well.

Men assume social responsibility most naturally and effectively when (1) it is clear to them that the primary responsibility for the well-being of others rests on them and that others are relying on them, and (2) when they have been trained from an early age by the men in their lives to recognize and assume that responsibility faithfully.

When I was preparing the path for my sons to follow, I consulted an oldie-but-goodie: Raising a Modern-Day Knight by Robert Lewis.

In his book, Lewis details four rights of passage for a father to commemorate with each of his sons on their journey to manhood.