Holiness vs Happiness??

Dan MillerNo More Mondays, Personal Development37 Comments

Dan, Sometimes I think we focus too much on career and not enough on holiness..  I am happy to just have a job…period…all these career cruises, etc. seem extravagant…especially when we are just trying to have a roof over our head and food to eat. It seems to me that the rich can go on cruises and vacations and seminars to find their “calling” but when do we acknowledge the Lord and thank him even for our basic needs being met? God is MUCH more concerned with our holiness than our happiness.  –  Michelle ************************************************************ Interesting perspective.  I’m thrilled we … Read More

What on earth have you done?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Personal Development7 Comments

I sang as a member of The Nashville Choir last night – at an event to benefit the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program.  As several popular singers shared their talents with the large crowd I observed how people adore someone to whom “God has given the gift” of singing well. Then this morning I happened to be reading A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life by Parker Palmer and ran across this poem.  Read it as an approach to your work this week. Khing, the master carver, made a bell stand of precious wood.  When it was finished, … Read More

Is Work a Curse from God?

Dan MillerJust a Job, No More Mondays, Personal Development17 Comments

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

Are you living beneath your dignity?

Dan MillerUncategorized14 Comments

Yes, I know times are tough.  I spoke at a conference recently and had the opportunity to talk to people who are wondering if there is any reason to be cheerful or optimistic. As a Russian priest (1829 – 1908), Father John Sergiev first thought he wanted to be a monk in the remote areas of Siberia – but after a vision, he realized God wanted him to be a missionary right where he was – in the hustle and bustle of the big urban city of St. Petersburg.  While most priests remained in the safe confines of their cathedrals, … Read More

Don’t read Dan’s books

Dan MillerUncategorized17 Comments

A reader just commented on the search for finding his passion.  He says, “This has become so frustrating that I wish I had never read Dan’s books….how can he say ‘that even a 10 year old knows what they are passionate about’ when I have absolutely NO CLUE!! Apparently God doesn’t want me to know either because that prayer hasn’t been answered yet.” Unfortunately we often make God our Santa Claus rather then our Creator. If we keep looking for candy canes to be dropped in our stocking I’m quite sure we’ll be disappointed. If we recognize we are “children … Read More

Why did God do this to me?

Dan MillerUncategorized41 Comments

Here’s a question from a reader – an engineer.  (We’ll call him Bill) I’m at a job that I hate mainly because I feel like every day I’m set up to fail. There’s no job satisfaction. I go to work and try my best but the bosses and organization demand excellence in everything that we do. That is a good goal to have but there’s no way to accomplish all that needs to be and do it perfectly. ………So why would God place me in a situation like that for 8yrs?? Bill, be very careful about asking “Why did God put … Read More

What are you full of?

Dan MillerFinding Passion, Just a Job, Personal Development7 Comments

Yes, I know times are tough.  I spoke at an event just outside of Washington DC last weekend and had a chance to talk to people who are wondering if there is any reason to be cheerful or optimistic.  As a Russian priest (1829 – 1908), Father John Sergiev first thought he wanted to be a monk in the remote areas of Siberia – but after a vision, he realized God wanted him to be a missionary right where he was – in the hustle and bustle of the big urban city of St. Petersburg.  While most priests remained in … Read More

My life sucks and it’s Adam’s fault

Dan MillerFinding Passion, No More Mondays60 Comments

I get lots and lots of questions and comments each week.  And yes, I try to write in ways that prompt your thinking – and challenge some old traditional beliefs that may not actually be true.  We frequently establish our beliefs because of tradition and repetition – even if they are not true. One self-defeating belief I see repeatedly is that I can remove responsibility for my miserable life by blaming Adam.  That God punished Adam by making him work.  Thus work for me now is a curse – a bitter pill – something to be endured but not enjoyed.  … Read More