Compulsion - The Drive to Fulfill Your Calling

Compulsion - The Drive to Fulfill Your Calling

It feels heavy to not be doing what you're called to do. Every day you slog through trying to get to the next day walking in a role and a calling that isn't your own. Maybe this is because you're not gifted well for the role you are in. Maybe it is because your eyes are to the future and you're eager to take hold of whatever it is that you are called to. But more often then not the burden and weight that you feel isn't so much about your current status in life as much as it is the urgency and burden you feel to actually do what it is that you're called to do.

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Affirmation and Opportunity - The Fork in the Road

Affirmation and Opportunity - The Fork in the Road

It was probably the most difficult conversation I had ever had. Sitting across from me were two leaders I had a great deal of respect for, and a large desire to work with. I had been flown out for a weekend interview to visit the church, get to know the leaders, let them get to know me, and understand how we could move forward in me stepping into a role I was sure I was made for. I couldn't wait to be part of this team, launching a new work with them.

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Capability - The Second Signpost

Capability - The Second Signpost

Have you every seen someone attempt something they aren't capable of accomplishing? On one hand, you feel a sense of nobility in the effort they put forward to carry out whatever task they've put themselves out to accomplish. On the other hand, it's uncomfortable and troubling to watch someone flounder, fail and become frustrated with themselves over the toil of their labor. They just aren't in the right fit for their work

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Desire and Calling - The First Signpost

Desire and Calling - The First Signpost

I clearly, vividly, like it was just a moment ago, remember the day my calling clicked for me. It was Founders Week at Moody Bible Institute (or "The Great American Preach-Off" as a few facility were known to call it). I was a cold February evening in 1998 and I was a freshman student. I went to Moody because I had a sense (remember yesterday's post) that I wanted to spend my life for the sake of the gospel, but the clarifying nature of what that call looked like was elusive to me.

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Am I Called?

Over the last few years I've had more than a handful of guys talk to me about vocational ministry. Every conversation has generally gotten around to the person saying something along the lines of, "I think I'm called to ministry," and then talking about some sort of aspect of why they feel that way. As I have heard this statement again and again and again from people I've begun to pick up on something that's a bit troubling to me.

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