August 17, 2012

Thoughts gleaned from reading...

Remember a while back, I mentioned to you all that I had purchased this book for a ridiculous price?  Well, I didn't really start reading it until after the move was underway, and then I kept getting interrupted, blah, blah, blah.

I have made it to chapter three, and have been blessed blessed blessed by what I've read in those three chapters. 

Somethings I have gleaned from my reading thus far:

"A calling is simply God's shaping of your burden and beckoning you to your service to Him in the place and pursuit of His choosing."

"A call may not necessarily feel attractive to you, but it will tug on your soul in an inescapable way, no matter how high the cost of following it may be."

"Sometimes the melodrama of someone else's call colors our own expectations of a call."

"The Christian's walk involves all three areas of life - the spiritual, the practical and the logical - which are not mutually exclusive."

"Jesus demonstrated that the best way to reach God's desire end is always to obey the will of the Father, even when He seems distant."

"Our need for specific answers is dissolved in the greater issue of the lordship of Christ over all questions - those that have answers and those that don't."

"When people clutch their money, thinking they have concrete reality, they are, in fact, clutching to faith.  Money, in that sense, has no value without trust.  It is all worthless paper without the promises and pledges of other people and systems."

"The Bible is a book on life building, written for us as we sojourn on this planet.  Interestingly, it also tells us that the rudder and sail remain in God's control and that we enter the high seas with the understanding that we must trust Him."

"Making it to number one really means knowing where God wants you to be and serving Him there with your best efforts.  The goal, then, is to find the threads God has in place for you and to follow His plan for you with excellence."

"No, the goal is really not to be number one, nor is it to follow the dreams of others.  God, in His extraordinary way, can bring failure to you or cast you into prison in order to help you find your true calling."

"God can call us by slow, encouraging methods as well as by dramatic ones."

"Every calling that honors God's purpose for life in general is a sacred call.... It is often in this waiting that we get lost and our vision becomes blurred." 

"Because we are all priests before God, there is no such distinction as "secular or sacred."  In fact, the opposite of sacred is not secular; the opposite of sacred is profane.  In short, no follower of Christ does secular work.  We all have a sacred calling."

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