What do you want to be known for?
Everyone is known for something. For what would you like to be known?
I love how Enoch was known (Genesis 5:24) – as a man who walked with God. And Phoebe, a benefactor of many, including St. Paul (Romans 16:1). Then there’s Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ stood the test (Romans 16:10).
I want to be known as a passionate follower of Jesus; a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; a master at my work. I want to be known as one who lived God’s call, who served God’s purposes in his generation (like King David, Acts 13:36).
Out of all that we could be known for, why is living God’s call so important? Because the wellbeing of life on earth starts with God. The possibility of shalom where you live and work and play, starts with God. The extension of the kingdom of God, the restoration of all that has been ravaged by sin and evil, is God’s restoration project. It starts with God and extends to you, then through you. “Calling” is the word that describes this experience and process.
Micah is living God’s call to create spaces where people can find hope in God. Sarah is living God’s call to heal those wounded by sexual trauma. Anna is living God’s call to establish a life-giving culture on her design team.
Where you live and serve and play needs you to live God's call. The cubicle, garage, classroom, and hospital. The athletic field, gym, restaurant, kitchen, and design studio. The library, forward operating base, counseling office, store, farm, vineyard, campus, and church. The pub, body shop, tool shed, factory, dealership, courtroom, cannery, and studio. The police force. Capitol Hill. Wall Street. You get the picture. Your place needs you to walk and work and lead with Jesus – for the life of that place. Those people.
I live God’s call to develop followers of Jesus and leaders with Jesus. I do that by setting up life-direction conversations, leading small groups, facilitating vocational discovery retreats, and by coaching mid-career leaders through transitions and into healthier leadership practices.
The Jesuit priest and poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, penned in his poem, “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”: Christ plays in ten thousand places." That includes your work place. It makes your work place sacred. Makes your work noble.
We need you to live your call – for the life of the world.