Consider Your Calling
:What on earth is God doing?Who are you?What is your stage of life?What are your circumstances?What is the cross you will have to bear?What are you afraid of?We ask these six critical questions?and then we ask them again?at points of...
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:What on earth is God doing?Who are you?What is your stage of life?What are your circumstances?What is the cross you will have to bear?What are you afraid of?We ask these six critical questions?and then we ask them again?at points of transition in our lives. They all lead us to the one core question: What is the good work to which I am called? Gordon T. Smith, author of Courage and Calling, writes: "It is a good question because our work matters to us, to others and, of course, it matters to God. Work itself is good. It is vital to our human identity; and we are most ourselves, most who God calls us to be, living in what it means to know the salvation of God, when we know the grace of work well done." However, Smith acknowledges that this is not a simple question to answer in the midst of our very complicated lives. That's why he has written this brief and accessible book?to offer the support and insight we need as we ponder these six core questions in community with God and others. As a steward of your life, in attentiveness to the calling of God, how is God inviting you to engage the world?
Gordon T. Smith (Ph.D., Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University) grew up in Ecuador and is president of reSource (formerly Overseas Council Canada), which works with other reSource affiliates to support and enable excellence in theological education in the developing world. Formerly academic dean and associate professor of spiritual theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He is author of a number of works in theology and the spiritual life including A Holy Meal; Beginning Well: Christian Conversion & Authentic Transformation; Courage and Calling; Listening to God in Times of Choice and The Voice of Jesus.
- :introductionquestion One: What On Earth Is God Doing?question Two: Who Are You?question Three: What Is Your Stage Of Life?question Four: What Are Your Circumstances?question Five: What Is The Cross You Will Have To Bear?question Six: What Are You Afraid Of?conclusionappendix: A Prayer For Those Who Worknotes