My college-aged children seem to focus mostly on hobbies. I want them to find joy and fulfillment, but I’m concerned about their ability to pay their bills in the future. How do I bring up my concerns with them?
Is it to send out applications one at a time and wait? Or send a bunch until I find something?
My job feels as if it has become my whole life. As much as I love it, I don’t think it’s healthy for me to check my messages constantly or work whenever I have a free moment. How do I break the pattern I’ve fallen into?
I have loved animals my whole life, so working in an animal hospital seemed like an obvious choice for a career.
There can be much good in saying yes to something, but there’s also good in saying no.
When you love God and want to follow God faithfully, you are likely to ask if God might be calling you to be a pastor, missionary, or teacher.
How do I live out my vocation when God doesn’t seem to be opening doors for me to do what I feel called to do?
The Bible cautions us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
Does it matter what kind of company I work for and what kind of values it seems to have?
It can be hard not to know what one ought to do. It feels as if it would be easier if God let us know directly what we ought to do next! But that is not how God usually works.
Isn’t getting a job enough? Do I really need to have a career or a vocation?
I’m not sure what I ought to be doing next. Why does deciding this feel so hard?
To help you decide, ask how this position might allow you to love God and love your neighbor.
Does being overwhelmed by my job mean I’ve mistaken my calling or am doing something wrong?
Too often we confuse God’s calling for our lives with a paid vocation.
In Jesus, the “not yet” breaks into the “now” as we share in his resurrection and life abundant.
I am in a period of huge transition in my life right now. How do I make sure I navigate my decisions and direction-setting well?
While it’s overly simplistic to quickly quip, “You were created a human being, not a human doing,” it’s also imperative that somehow that message gets conveyed.
When we are broken and humbled, acts of kindness convey God’s care in ways that spark and refresh our sense of being called to serve God.
Many of my students ask whether you can have a calling if you do not believe in God.
Everything Christians do for the Lord has significance not only for this life, but for the life to come.
During retirement we are called to discern the varied ways our new status can become an opportunity to be of service to others—our children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, churches, and wider communities.
God calls us in remarkably diverse and unpredictable ways. Because this is so, there is no simple or generalizable formula for discerning what task, career, or domestic positions God is calling us to occupy.
Self-denial is at the heart of Christian calling. How different this is from popular conceptions of calling!