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The Gift of a Personal Calling

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Lesson

The ability to discern our personal vocation in life is important. What we do with our lives is an essential element of true spirituality.

Outline

The Gift of a Personal Calling
 

A. Review and Introduction

B. The importance of keeping company with God: "Keep in step with the Spirit" (Gal. 5:25; compare Luke 21:12-15)

C. The freedom of being a team member

D. Joy and usefulness: "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet" (Frederick Buechner)

E. Challenges to discernment: Other competing voices

F. Optimal conditions for discernment

G. The familiar speaking voice (John 10:4)

H. The ordinary can become tinged with glory (Rom. 12:1-3)

I. Hope and courage

J. Some helpful guides: Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), Parker Palmer and Gordon Smith

K. Summary