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 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?
"'What will you do with your one wild and precious life?' poet Mary Oliver asks. In this brilliant, captivating and immensely practical meditation, Gordon Smith offers you a compass for every stage of your life. Read it slowly, prayerfully, take notes on the book and on your life and you will find your way."
Question 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 Life Circumstances?
Question Five: What Is the Cross You Will Have to Bear?
Question Six: What Are You Afraid Of?
Appendix: A Prayer for Those Who Work