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Find Your Calling

A Year in the Spiritual Life... Discover Your Purpose: Find Your Calling

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Find Your Calling

Blogging Through the Book 

We are blogging through the book The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn. If you would like to join us, purchase the book here (affiliate link) and read along! Then share your thoughts on each chapter.


Not reading the book? That is okay too. We each take our own point of view and share what we loved about the book chapter by chapter and then share it with you. This way, you can join the conversation and learn more about God's yes for you!

Chapters 10 and 11

I do not know how this book keeps getting better and better, but it does. Chapter ten is devoted to the Yes of You because "only God can tell you who you really are." As a person who writes about discovering purpose and meaning in our daily walk with Christ this chapter went off like fireworks in my heart. 

Pastor Glenn writes "No experience or encounter, no outside influence can tel you who you are. Only Christ can do that." 

The truth is he is right. I can write all day long about finding your purpose, but until you ask Christ what that purpose is, until you go to the Source of all things, then you are only pretending to search. This is like playing hide and seek with a three year old. They get the idea behind the game, but they are not great at it yet. So when we play with them we pretend finding them is difficult. We know exactly where they are, we just pretend to look. 

We know Christ holds the answers. Otherwise, we would not have followed him. Yet some of us spend the rest of our lives pretending to seek him out. He is not hidden. We know where He is. So what holds us back? What keeps us from pursuing Him and His purpose for our lives? 

Fear? A lack of trust? 

God loves us. The gospel boils down to this: God loves us so much He chased down a way to never lose us again when He sent Jesus to bridge the gap between us and Him. 

Mike says "...We are the objects of God's relentless love." 

With a love like this, there is nothing to fear. God did not pay the ultimate price for us, to fail us after we are saved. There is more than salvation for you. There is a calling: there is a destiny. 

The Purpose of Calling and Destiny

Calling. Destiny. These are big ideas. These are things we think of from stories filled with heroes and heroines, not necessarily ideas we ascribe to our lives. Yet, they should be.

God knew you before you were knitted together in your mother's womb. No matter the circumstances of your birth, He wanted you born for a reason: for such a time as this.

In ourselves we are not enough, but in Him all things are possible. Do not think because you are a stay-at-home mom you do not have a calling. If you are a mechanic or a machinist, and your day-to-day life is filled with the noise of industry, God still has a calling for you. Do not count yourself out.

""Don't accept that everyday life is more powerful than God's calling on your life." page 149 

I used to think, what do I have to offer? I am just a wife and mom. I did not finish college. I come from a broken home. I had a laundry list of reasons why I thought there was no way I could be used by God. Then, when I really surrendered to my Father, I found out that these were some of the things He wanted to use in my calling. 

Paul was a tent maker. He sewed for a living. Not that glamorous. That was his job. His calling was much more. Yet, stop for a minute and think of his "laundry list". He was a Pharisee (Jesus did not like those), he was once a killer, and he was often confrontational. 

Before Jesus, Paul (then Saul) was not someone you would naturally think of to spread God's  message of love and hope through out the known world, but the book of Acts chronicles his journeys around the known world. He did not let his past count him out. 

There is something in all of us. A gift. A dream. We let life happen and so we think "I missed my shot." The truth is, it is never to late to pursue God's will for our life. He is the way maker, the one who designed us from the beginning. He knows exactly how He wants to use us. 

God's goal has always been to redeem mankind back to Himself. We, as His children, have a calling within that goal. You may never be a preacher, a missionary or an evangelist, but you can be Jesus to someone where you are. 

"When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked, you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail, you visited me.” Matthew 25:35-36 
Look around you. There is work to be done. Where your gifts and His heart meet, this is your calling.

Join the Conversation: 

Mike asks questions in Chapter 11. I want to ask them of you. "What is your gifts?" and "Where is there brokenness around you? Where is there pain? What part of your world would Jesus touch if he walked your streets?"  


Blogging Through the Book is a group of bloggers who literally blog while reading the book. It’s different than merely reading a book and posting a review. We have a chance to read and share our thoughts in our community. Click HERE to find out about other blogger's perspectives on these chapters and join the discussion!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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