Lecture 8: The Gift of a Personal Calling
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The ability to discern our personal vocation in life is important. What we do with our lives is an essential element of true spirituality.
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
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