Apparently God wants me to be miserable

Apparently God wants me to be miserable
  1. I’m trying to just serve God rather than follow my own dreams.
  2. Why am I still a wretch?
  3. Does God want me to go to Africa?
  4. I’ve been called to full time ministry.

“That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”  “Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NIV)


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Episode – 08-19-16

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In this episode, Dan

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Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:02 – Preview of Today’s Show on Apparently God Wants Me to Be Miserable
    • I’m trying to just serve God rather than follow my own dreams.
    • Why am I still a wretch?
    • Does God want me to go to Africa?
    • I’ve been called to full-time ministry.
    • “That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God.”  “Ecclesiastes 3:13 (NIV
  • 02:30 – Harry’s razors special offer
  • 03:50 — FreshBooks free month of use
  • 05:10 – How can I create work that I love?
    • 05:40 – Is it possible? Is it selfish?
  • 06:00 – My current job isn’t me. I want to find my calling where I can be happy, but I don’t know what I want to do. I am also confused about pleasing myself and not God.
    • 10:55 – The heart of so many questions.
    • 11:15 – Matthew 22:36–39: “Love the Lord your God.”
    • 12:15 – An Option C, a way to love God and use your unique passions and talents
    • 13:00 – God doesn’t want us to live a miserable life.
    • 14:15 – Worm Theology, and having a low view of ourselves
    • 15:05 – Music clips that touch on our worth in relation to God
    • 16:30 – We are not wretches.
    • 17:20 – Finding our purpose is beautiful and good.
    • 17:35 – When Dan was a boy, and what he thought were the best jobs to honor God
    • 19:15 – Dan’s cousin who had to quit school to be a farmer
    • 20:50 – Segments from 48 Days
    • 21:00 – A man who was unhappy with his calling as a pastor
    • 22:15 – He found that his passion was in painting.
    • 23:30 – We have to identify our values, dreams, and passions.
    • 24:15 – There are many ways to do something that is “godly.”
    • 24:50 – What it means to be called to “full-time ministry”
    • 25:30 – A man who lost his job and then transitioned to full-time ministry
    • 26:50 – We should always be doing work that is pleasing to God.
    • 27:10 – The story of Pastor Jones
    • 29:50 – Don’t give up. You don’t need to drain your life to please God.
    • 30:30 – If your work is not fulfilling, you’re not using your God-given gifts.
    • 31:00 – We are commanded to take care of ourselves.
    • 32:00 – Create a plan for your life, and make a decision.
    • 33:00 – A system to make a decision in two weeks
    • 33:40 – Changing your job in 48 days
    • 35:55 – Following your passion is not selfish and greedy.
    • 36:25 – One more story about a young surgeon
    • 37:10 – The theology or ambition of a child does not have to match that of his parents.
    • 38:00 – Don’t misdirect your child.
    • 38:25 – Influences that can misdirect you when choosing a career
    • 39:40 – “The only security is understanding yourself.”
    • 40:05 – Don’t just look at the money.
    • 41:20 – The power of the perfect fit
    • 42:30 – Ask yourself what you were born to do.
    • 43:44 – His cousin who became a farmer is extremely wealthy, but he is incredibly unhappy.
    • 44:25 – Find a combination of passion, talent, and money.
    • 45:10 – Commit to a life plan that embraces your passion.
    • 45:35 – Be a good steward of the gifts God has given you.
  • 46:00 – Dan closes his podcast

3 Key Points:

  1. It is not selfish or greedy to follow your passion.
  2. No matter what “calling” or occupation you choose, you can always be serving God.
  3. God doesn’t want us to be miserable in our life or our career.


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  • Archie

    “Indecision is the greatest thief of opportunity.” That’s absolutely true and a very important quote to remember when setting goals. Set goals, give them a timeline, work on them, and if one of those goals becomes not so important, scratch it instead of letting it grow dormant, and go on to the next one with gazelle intensity.
    A scratched goal is also an accomplished decision.
    Hope this makes sense. 🙂

  • PaulVandermill

    Greetings Dan,

    Great episode! Loved the format. I have always enjoyed discussing something I have read as you do here while examining examples from your book. Such treatment of material increases depth of understanding for all.


  • Was just able to listen to this while driving this morning. Great stuff! I will be sharing this episode! The spiritual truth here is real.

  • Brian Bell


    Loved, loved, loved this episode. Thank you for what you do!!

  • adam garey

    1 Samuel tells The story..Saul LOOKED The “King”.No one even considered David as King-like…not even Samuel who was told to anoint him.Saul LOOKED The “King”… but was what Man wanted not God..He did allow that. David excelled as KING! He had what it took..was it his calling to be King? All through out David clung to The Lord:) THANK YOU DAN for sharing The Gospel!! Who else knows our Passion but The One who gave it..and asking Him- how much sense that does make:)

  • Jody


    I have been struggling with this very question for quite some time. I appreciate you going into depth
    answering this.

    • Jody,
      It’s a question I think most of us continue to struggle with. Finding that gentle balance between thinking we can do it all on our own and just being a helpless victim.

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