Do you know why you’re here?

Is it true that most people know their “calling?” Peter Drucker spent most of the last 10 years of his life working with non-profits, much of that with mega church leaders. In the book Drucker & Me, here’s what he told his friend Bob Bufford about “calling.” “I am convinced that many, if not most, serious believers at some level understand what their calling is, but that understanding may be buried under years of busyness and distraction.  Yet, that suppressed sense of calling stays with them for years.” As a life coach I’ve have talked to lots of you who … Read More

Talent is not important to God – just obedience

Okay, here’s a sticky theological question from a reader: Dan, I love to share my faith with others and I seem to have many natural talents, skills and abilities suited for being a minister. However, I believe that no matter how suited someone may be for ministry they must be called of God in order to be a Minister. Talent is nothing to God. He rather wants a fully surrendered and obedient individual. I suppose my question is how do I know whether I’m called to be a minister or just an entrepreneur with an idea I’m passionate about? – John … Read More

Sanctified Ignorance

This is an excerpt from the new 48 Days to the Work You Love.  The story here still breaks my heart when I recall it: Pastor Jones sat in my office, slouched down in the big chair, struggling to relay the events of the last few days. After 19 years of faithful service as a pastor, he had been informed that his contract would not be renewed. No matter how gentle the delivery, the message screamed out at him – he had been fired, terminated, downsized, or uninstalled. How could this happen to a man of God? A man who … Read More

Yes you do know your “calling”

Is it true that most people know their “calling?” Peter Drucker spent most of the last 10 years of his life working with non-profits, much of that with mega church leaders. In the new book Drucker & Me, here’s what he told his friend Bob Bufford about “calling.” “I am convinced that many, if not most, serious believers at some level understand what their calling is, but that understanding may be buried under years of busyness and distraction.  Yet, that suppressed sense of calling stays with them for years.” As a life coach I’ve have talked to lots of you … Read More

The merry-go-round of my professional life

“Dan, the merry-go-round of my professional life has left me no farther than a few steps from where I got on and now with a weak stomach.”  Thus began the description of life from a very “successful” attorney. Many times a career path starts because of circumstances, rather than priorities.  Family expectations, chance occurrences, a friendly teacher, or seeking money can lead us down an unfulfilling career path.  It’s tough to make good choices at 18 that will be meaningful at 45.  Just recently, I saw a 44-yr-old client who opened with the comment, “I’m tired of living my life … Read More

Unemployed or sitting on your opportunity?

In 1934, Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, was unemployed.  To amuse himself and pass the time, he created a board game that provided the possibility of fame and fortune. He originally presented it to the executives at Parker Brothers but they rejected the game due to “52 design errors”! But Mr. Darrow wasn’t daunted. Like many other Americans who have been unemployed, his situation and personal passion for the game inspired him to produce it on his own. With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the game to a Philadelphia … Read More

God’s Will – or just my passion?

There is a current discussion on 48Days.net where J Sean Allen asks if his passion for old cars could really be part of his “God-ordained purpose” or if it’s just his self-centered materialistic desire.  Cars – Passion vs Distraction. Wow – there’s a question that only comes up about 6000 times a day.  Have you ever asked yourself that?  Have you ever thought that doing God’s will must involve suffering and misery?  That doing something you enjoy is likely just your own selfish desire? Imagine yourself as a parent.  You have a little 5-yr-old boy – and that little boy … Read More

I’m being forced out of my “calling”

Here is an all-too-common question: Dan, I’ve been with my company (a non-profit ministry) for 10.5 years, and found out yesterday my department is being outsourced. I’ve been offered a position in another department, but at a 22% pay decrease. We can’t afford the pay decrease, but I don’t want to walk away from my calling in ministry.  What do you suggest that I do? Thank you! I suggest you get another job – pronto. You’re confusing the terms “calling,” “career” and “job.” “Calling” is the big picture — it’s what you’re doing in life that makes a difference for … Read More

I have no vision now….

Sharon asks a question: “All my adult life has revolved around meeting my family’s needs–my husband and 2 children. Now, the kids are in college and I feel my mission is coming to a close.  I have no vision for my future or goals for my life now.  This makes me feel purposeless and alone.  My husband and I have a great relationship, but I feel we don’t have much to talk about, except our kids. As a Christian, I want to follow God’s plan for me. I just don’t know how to go about discovering that plan, setting goals … Read More

Is Work a Curse from God?

What we do for a living, or in a ministry, or in our family life is the application of our calling.  Apart from engaging our creativity, our artistry, our skills, abilities and gifts – it is impossible to live out our calling.  We cannot complete God’s call in a vacuum – we must be engaged in work of some kind.  We are all “called” to a life of service and ministry – the way we are equipped to do that varies from person to person. But if we view work as a curse, how does than impact our effectiveness?  How … Read More