Paul Sohn had the big corporate job and what most would call a great life. He thought so too. But slowly over time, it became clear to him what he was really chasing after. Paul was driven by the fear of missing out and climbing the corporate ladder.
Now, Paul is living in what he calls his, “vocational sweet spot.” Christianity Today named Paul one of the top 33 under 33 Christian millennials to watch. His blog has been mentioned as one of the best blogs to follow about leadership.
I have recently read his book that is launching on January 18, 2016 and was blown away. Do yourself a favor and buy this book today…and feel free to get on for a friend as well. Below is a link to purchase the book and some common questions that Paul has gotten surrounding his book.
1. What is your book Quarter-Life Calling about? Give us a quick overview of the book.
The big idea behind Quarter-Life Calling is that your twenties is the best time and place in your life to start discovering God’s calling in your life and imagining the possibility of what it might look like to hit your sweet spot in life. This is a book for millennials who want to break free from the rat race – for those who believed they were created for something more.
This book introduces millennials to the idea of calling as the foundation for living a life of intentionality, fulfillment and significance. Unlike many books on calling, this book is written by a Millennial for a Millennial and touches on the unique issues this generation wrestles with, including FOMO, YOLO and comparison mindset, and present bias. I lay out a practical roadmap what it means to find your vocational sweet spot which is the intersection of your personality, gifts, passions and life story.
2. How do you define quarter-life calling?
I believe quarter-life calling is the best time in our lives to discover God’s calling and participate in God’s agenda, using your personality, gifts, passions, and life story in ways that are eternally significant.
As Meg Jay says, twenties are the defining decade of our lives.
80% of life’s most defining moments happen by age 35.
- 70% of lifetime wage growth happens in the first 10 years of a career.
- More than half of Americans are married or living with or dating their future partner by 30.
- Our personalities changes more in our 20s than any other time.
- Our fertility peaks.
- Our brain makes the last growth spurt.
I really believe in the notion that to finish well in life you need to start early and start well. Our twenties is the time when we either cultivate good soil or bad soil. Discovering the root behind your very identity and vocation will help you build an unshakable foundation that will last till you seventies and eighties.
3. What is calling? How do you define it?
Calling is a complicated word. To some it’s a way to affirm that people are living a purpose-driven life. For others, it may feel like a prison. It binds them to something they didn’t get to choose.
- My definition: Calling is “God’s personal invitation for me to work on His agenda using my personality, gifts, passions, and life story in ways that are eternally significant.”
4. Tell me about the difference between primary and secondary calling?
First and foremost, our primary calling is to be in a personal relationship with the God who created you. Before being called to something, we are called to Someone. Before we are called to do, we are called to be. This primary calling is a calling “to be.”
The only way to find the ultimate purpose of your life is by responding to God’s call to enter into a personal relationship with him. In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren says:
You were made by God and for God-and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end. God created you and accepts you-no matter what you have ever done or failed to do.
Separated from God by sin, we are like an electric light bulb whose cord has been cut in half and thus is disconnected from the power source. The Bible tells us that we all have sinned and “fallen short” of God’s standard (Romans 3:23). Sin has its own negative consequences which include missing our calling, spiritual death, and, ultimately, eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). We cannot respond to God’s love on our own. We need his help to “repair” our brokenness, restore the power connection, and make us whole.
“Ultimately, primary calling is a call to gradually separate away from
the world (the flesh) and cling to the person of Jesus.” – Paul Sohn (pg 69)
Secondary calling is a calling “to do.” Calling, in this sense, means being called as a student, an accountant, an artist, a mother or father. Secondary calling is a specific call to action that reflects the uniqueness God endowed us with. While the primary call is universal, our secondary calling is distinct for each person. It is callings, plural instead of singular. This calling includes both our career plans and the daily ordinary tasks that come as part of our everyday life.
Four Aspects of Secondary Calling
- Call to Human Family
- Call to Church
- Call to Neighbors
- Call to Vocation
Secondary calling matters only in light of our primary calling.
Many seek to discover their secondary calling while ignoring their primary calling. This results in incompleteness and a yearning for more.
5. What is a sweet spot?
Sweet spot is that zone when you are living out your calling intentionally in every sphere of influence. Whether it is family, school, work, or church, living at your sweet spot is striving to find that place which is the intersection of your personality, gifts, passions, and life story.
If you ever played tennis before, you know there’s an incredible feeling when you the sweet spot with your tennis racket. I believe that God also has created a sweet spot in our lives. To discover your sweet spot, you need to intentionally live out your calling, faithfully stewarding your time, talent, and treasure.
If you imagine a van diagram, finding your sweet spot is at the intersection of four interlocking circles. The first circle is about your personality – the specific tendencies and temperament you’re hardwired. The second circle is your giftedness, your marketable skills talents and strengths that some were born with and others developed over time. The third circle is are your passions – the things that ignite your soul. And when you combine that with addressing the needs of the world, that becomes a powerful force in discovering your calling. Lastly and not least, it’s your life story. You have gone through specific experiences, the ups and downs, the open doors and closed doors in life. When you look back and see a common theme, that will help you discover your calling.
When you discern your calling, look at the four circles and how do you strive to be closer and closer at the core of the circles.
6. Why did you write Quarter-Life Calling?
Well, when I was 24, I graduated from college and started working at a global Fortune 50 company. I was making a handsome compensation with great benefits. I was working in a pretty important team and department where we advised and consulted senior leaders. I thought after all these years of studying, I made it.
Well to tell you the truth, what looks on the surface was great, but within, I felt quite miserable. Somehow I thought working at this job would give me the ultimate meaning, confidence, and fulfillment…but in reality, I felt quite empty, left wanting.
I couldn’t figure why I was feeling the way I was…it was my quarter-life crisis.
When I shared my emotions with my mentor, he simply listened and handed me a book. He said, “Paul, let’s talk after you read this book.” I spent the following week devouring the book. It changed my life upside down. The book was called “The Call” by Os Guinness. In the book, the author said, “Answering the call is the way to find and fulfill the central purpose of your life. Truthfully, I didn’t even know that I had a calling. I embarked on a journey for the next several years discovering my calling. I read every single book I could find on calling/vocation and purpose. It soon dawned on me that everyone has a calling and I also was born with a specific mission that God in mind.
Compelling Need to Write Quarter-Life Calling
While I was reading these books, I could not find a single book that addressed the unique struggles this Millennial generation is wrestling with. For some reason, God put me in situations in life where I experienced FOMO (fear of missing out), heard friends shouting out YOLO (you only live once) and using their time in their twenties as a “throwaway” decade instead of learning about who they are and what they are meant to do.
So in a way, I felt God wanted me to experiences these so I can write a book that addressed many of these concerns and struggles that is real and deep in this generation. I also wanted the book not like many of these self-help books that says you can be anything you want to be if you simply put in time and perspiration. Rather, the book is rather quite explicitly biblical and faith-based but also very practical – where an average reader can apply specific tools in their own lives.
7. What is your goal with the book?
The goal with the book is to inspire a movement in which twenty-somethings start discovering their God-given calling in their lives and learning who they are and what they are mean to do in light of God’s cosmic purpose. I believe that to finish well, you need to start well. I know this book will provide an unshakable foundation to start well.
8. You dedicate this book to your parents who helped you find your sweet spot. Can you share more about that?
Well, as I going through my quarter-life crisis, I was asking myself a lot of questions about my life. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? During this time, my parents were instrumental in helping me discovering my sweet spot. Instead of telling me what to do, they listened more and instructed less. They asked more questions that led me to wrestle with greater things. I wanted a simple answer, but they wanted me to come up with the right answers instead of telling me what to do. So, whether it was discovering my passions and making sense of my life story, they listened really well and asked questions that created breakthrough moments for me in discovering my calling.
9. What is a quarter-life crisis? How is it different than a mid-life crisis?
Quarter-life crisis is a period in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by anxiety, uncertainty, and inner turmoil that often accompanies the transition to adulthood. The term was coined by analogy with midlife crisis. Common symptoms of a quarter life crisis are often feelings of being “lost, scared, lonely or confused” about what steps to take in order to transition properly into adulthood. Studies have shown that unemployment and choosing a career path is a major cause for young persons to undergo stress or anxiety.
10. What do 20-somethings struggle with during quarter-life crisis?
Essentially, it is taking longer and longer to become an adult today based on traditional markers such as financial independence and starting a family. It’s called “adultolescence.”
The average American job hops 8 times before the age of 32, the average college graduate accrues $20,000 in education loan debt, and the average age to get married is now 27. Unemployment rate for those under 25 is at 13% which is more than double the national average.
Today, most twenty-somethings, a 50 million generation strong, live with a staggering amount of fear, uncertainty, and hopelessness. Several decades ago, a majority of men and women completed all the major transitions into adulthood by age thirty, such as leaving home, finishing school, becoming financially independent, getting married and having a child. Today, less than 50 percent of men and women complete these transitions by age thirty.
- Fear and Anxiety
The number one fear that most people is have is to have lived a meaningless life. Twenty-somethings live in a generation where we have seen increasing amounts of turnover due to layoffs, terrorism, technological explosion which changes the dynamics of the job market. Our greatest fear should not be of failure but to succeed at things that don’t really matter.
- The Choice Overload
The Millennial generation faces a larger variety of choices and options more than any other generation. Often they become paralyzed by all of the possibilities. This explosion of options is something that has only occurred in the last fifty years. Our grandparents, and great grandparents lived a lot simpler life where they either inherited their parents’ farm or followed their father’s trade.
Today, a Millennials will likely have ten to twelve jobs over their lifetime, including three or four different careers. You could go to any school you want, major in hundreds of different topics, live almost in any place in the world, and have a chance to connect with almost anyone on social media. From what clothes to wear, what music to listen to, what shows to watch, which social networks to engage in, which people to be friends with, which major to study, which job to have, where to live on…I could go on and on.
- The Obsessive Comparison Disorder
We spend our lives trying to be someone we were not meant to be. We always think the grass is greener on the other side. Millennial expert Paul Angone calls this an obsessive comparison disorder (OCD). He says, obsessive comparison disorder is the smallpox of our generation. This is an epidemic that is producing unwanted thoughts and feelings, driving us into depression, consumption, anxiety, and all-around discontent.
This creates what’s called as FOMO (Fear of Missing out). Just look at your latest Facebook or Instagram following. It might look like 80 percent of your high school friends are getting engaged, having children, or buying new cars and houses while you’re still trying to just get by as an adult.
- This is the YOLO generation
The mantra of the YOLO (You only live once) generation is that you only live once. Have fun while you can. Enjoy every minute. Every day. Spend $100 today instead of investing $100 in the future. Eat the candy and buy the new outfit now and pay the credit card bill later. The average millennial checks his or her smartphone 43 times and spends 5.4 hours on social media per day. The social media is all about now. Many twenty-somethings are with “a present bias” that we live as if we have an infinite amount of time.
11. Why is it important to discover your calling?
“The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself.” – Soren Kierkegaard
Freedom to Be Yourself
Finding your calling frees us to be ourselves. I think Millennials are suffering from an epidemic called OCD (Obsessive Comparison Disorder). Millennials were brought up believing in the American Dream – that if we put in the hard work, we can become anything we want to be. So, we go on trying to be the next Bill Gates, Taylor Swift, and Steve Jobs. We think the grass is greener on the other side. Instead when you discover your calling, it liberates you to be you. Be yourself; everyone else is taken.
Answers our Yearning for Purpose
Finding your calling answers the deepest longing and questions we have for life. “What’s my purpose in life?” Someone said, “The purpose in life is to find your purpose.” I agree. Some people indulge in their careers, sensual pursuits to find their purpose. But it’s short-lived. USA Today poll found that if people could ask God just one question, most would want to know, “What’s my purpose in life?” Periodically, we find ourselves questioning who we really are and what we are supposed to do in life. These thoughts may nudge us gently or they may launch a season of upheaval in our lives. We may feel unsettled and restless, sensing that there are truths about ourselves to uncover and mysteries to unravel about why we are here on earth. We dare to believe that there is something special within us, and that we do have a life mission to find and fulfill. We may not be sure how to discover this purpose but feel driven to do so. Although we may describe our quest as a search for our calling, we may not be entirely sure what it is that we seek.
Viktor Frankl and Man’s Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl, an Austrian existential psychologist, created a school of thought called logotherapy. Unlike Freud, who said our main motives are sex and aggression, Frankl surmised that our dominant driving force is to find meaning in life.
You see, Frankl experienced something that Freud never had. In the 1940s, Frankl was held prisoner in Nazi concentration camps. Imagine this: You, your family, friends, and all your neighbors are all cornered, captured, and transported to mass murdering sites where you’re dehumanized and likely extinguished.
Frankl lived that reality. He felt the horror of losing everything only to be tortured and terrorized. With all the agony and brutality, what kept Frankl from giving up his relentless fight for his life?
It was purpose! He found meaning in his struggle, and that’s what gave him the power to push forward through unimaginable pain.
After escaping the concentration camps, Frankl published a book called Man’s Search for Meaning, which explores his experiences and includes an overview of logotherapy. A quote by Nietzsche nicely sums up his philosophy on how people were able to survive the camps, without losing the will to live:
“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.”
That is the power of purpose. Torture, brutality, unimaginable inhumanity—purpose supersedes it all. Purpose is what gives us the strength to carry on, if not through dire conditions, then through difficult changes, transitions, relationships, and activities.
As Frankl wrote:
“In some way, suffering ceases to be suffering at the moment it finds a meaning, such as the meaning of a sacrifice.”
But be careful of getting stuck in suffering mode and mistaking it for nobility.” Frankl also wrote, “Suffering unnecessarily is masochistic rather than heroic.”
Do you think it’s time you make some life altering decisions to stop any suffering and find a more meaningful life?
12. What happens when you don’t know what you are created or called for?
You will be restless.
St. Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.”
We were created to praise God, to glorify God, to worship Him in every aspect of our lives. Without knowing our very purpose and calling from God creates this deep chasm. We begin to ask “why” and never get to the source of it. We become Occupational vagabond. A mindless zombie at work. We do work but not know why we are doing it. You often feel like an orphan always looking for your parents but not knowing who they are. You are never at peace.
You will trade joy for happiness.
Maybe that doesn’t sound bad, but happiness isn’t consistent and eternal; it comes and goes. You only experience it when things are going good—and even then, it doesn’t stick around. As soon as the initial excitement wears off, you’ll need another shot of something good to bring it back. It’s not fulfilling in the long run.
You will trade eternal rewards for temporary amusement.
The word “amusement” comes from the Latin word “muse”, which means “to think” and the prefix a– which means “not.” When our goal is temporary amusement, we’re just not thinking. Admittedly, sometimes it can feel good not to think. But it’s like using a credit card. It will cost you more later. And, when it comes to God’s calling for your life, that’s a high price to pay. We live by the motto YOLO (you only live once).
13. Why write this book now? You’re still in your twenties.
This is a book written by a millennial and written for a millennial. In discovering my calling, I read every single book I could find on Amazon on this very topic of calling. I noticed that most books were written by professors, theologians, and pastors. The insights were very helpful yet I always left asking for more. What’s next? How do I translate this abstract idea of calling into something more concrete? What could I immediately do to discover my calling?
14. How is Quarter-Life Calling different and unique than any other books?
Quarter-Life Calling is a book written for millennials, written by millennial. This book is very level-headed and practical that whether you’re a Type-A driven worker or a meandering creative type, Quarter-Life Calling will help you understand what it takes to discover your calling in life. The book touches on the various struggles and needs the millennial generation wrestles with, such as dealing with a comparison mindset, experiencing fear of missing out, and the onslaught of choices that overwhelm us creating analysis by paralysis. Ultimately the book is relevant and relatable to a twenty-something who desires to discover his/her identity based on God and yearns to discover the “why” in life.
15. How has your faith guided you through this process?
Well, I believe that my faith was integral in discovering my calling. In fact, I don’t know if one can discover their calling without having your Christian faith involved. It would be like building a house without a foundation. It simply doesn’t work. The notion of calling means that there is a Caller. Before we are called to do something, someone is calling me – who is that calling? My Christian worldview answers that for me. That there is a God, the Author and Creator who loves me and created me for a purpose. So, if I don’t have a Christian faith, you might have a sense of what you’re called to do, but since you don’t know who is calling – it becomes really confusing.
16. What are some of the myths surrounding the idea of calling? Which are most susceptible to Millennials?
Myth 1: Spiritual calling is more important than secular calling. This is the sacred/secular divide where “full time Christian work” in the church is far superior than secular work.
Myth 2: Your calling should center on your ideal career. This is where your work becomes the object of worship and center of everything you do in life.
Myth 3: God only calls the qualified.
Think back to the last time you met a new person. What’s the first question you would ask? “What do you do?” We live in a generation where our identity is tied to our 9-5 work. With the high unemployment rates this generation is experiencing, work is something that drives us. Instead of “you are what you do” calling says, “do what you are.” Millennials feel like they are trapped to their jobs. It’s what defines them.
17. What are common mistakes you see millennial make when trying to find their calling?
Well, I think there is this prevailing belief among twenty-somethings called the bulls-eye approach when it comes to calling. That is, we believe there is one perfect calling, the one thing that I’m supposed to do, one grad school, one perfect spouse.
Millennials are yearning for something greater. This generation aren’t satisfied with the idea that a job is simply for the paycheck. Rather, the purpose of job should be bigger than themselves. It’s about making a dent in the universe as Steve Jobs once said. But, I also think growing up, there are various “oughts and shoulds” of life that take a predominant role in choosing jobs. For instance, growing up as a Korean, my parents, teachers, and every single person I met said I need to become a doctor, lawyer, or professor. Regardless of what my passions and gifts were, making it in life simply meant getting into these stable and prestigious jobs. Often time, these messages are programmed in our lives growing up and it’s hard to discern whether this message is coming from myself or my nurture.
18. How do you discover your gifts? Why are gifts critical in discovering your calling?
I’ve never liked math. Whenever I come within five feet of a math problem, I break out in hives. Numbers have never been my thing and my guess is that they never will be because God created me with different gifts. Even though I can’t do math, I can write, coach, consult, and teach well. These gifts are also road signs to where God is directing me.
The gifts God gives us are like little seeds planted inside us, but for them to grow we have to use them. This means that if you can’t identify which “Gift Seeds” God has given you, try doing new things that interest you. Through these new experiences, God will reveal more to you about who you are and how He has called you to serve Him.
Parker Palmer says that we are born with birthright gifts. He says we spend the first half of our lives abandoning them or letting others disabuse of them. Tom Rath, “From the cradle to the cubicle, we devote more time to our shortcomings than to our strengths.” Our calling is embodied in our gifts, both natural and spiritual, that were given to us intentionally by divine design. Our gifts come with a responsibility: Our gifts allow us to do excellent work, make our greatest contribution to the human race, and do the “good works” God had in mind when he designed us.
19. How do you discern your vocational calling?
The first, and perhaps most important, key to vocational discernment (finding your calling in life) is to pay attention. Pay attention to the things you like to do – your passions. Pay attention to the things you’re good at. Pay attention to the things needs of the world. Pay attention to your life story – the open and closed doors in your life. Notice which classes interest you so much, you stay after to talk to the professor. Notice which homework you start early, do first and maybe even look forward to doing.
20. Tell me about how you find your passions. What can you practically do to create your passions? Why think about the needs of the world?
If I could ask you what makes you angry, joyful, excited or passionate, what would you say? Take note of when your emotions are moved; these times can be a sign of your God-given calling.
If you were granted one hour of prime time international television, what would you talk about?
I get fired up when I see people in their twenties and thirties are living on autopilot mode, wasting away their time, talent, and treasure. When someone discovers their calling and lives intentionally, I am deeply moved. Talking about God and leadership stirs me up.
Pray. Ask God to show you the things that move you and make a list. And remember, He wants you to discover His purpose for you more than you do.
Lastly, consider that your calling is not just about you; it’s about what God wants to do through you. Therefore, if you ignore or neglect your dissatisfaction, what others say about you, your gifts and your passions, you are not only betraying yourself, but betraying God; because He has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it — for others and for your own joy.
Now, couple that with the needs of the world. The single strongest indicator of what God wants you to do is probably your awareness of what needs to get done to make the world more like what God intends. This doesn’t necessarily mean huge, global problems, but simply anything in the world that needs to be done. Earning a living to support yourself and your family is one example mentioned in the Bible:
21. Why do you think community is important to discover your calling?
They not only confirm your gifts. They are the instruments of God to awaken in you possibilities and joys of missionary service that you never dreamed (2 Timothy 1:5-7). Archbishop William Temple was right that to choose a career on selfish or individualistic grounds, without a true sense of calling, confirmed corporately, is “probably the greatest single sin any young person can commit, for it is the deliberate withdrawal from allegiance to God of the greatest part of time and strength.” But the fault is as much, if not more, that of the Church which has left people to their own devices, without resources of corporate discernment and vocational guidance, unless they are considering ordained ministry.
22. What’s the difference between vocation, job, and career?
If we look at the origins of the words career and vocation, we immediately get a feel for the difference between them. Vocation comes from the Latin verb vocare, which means “to call.” The definition suggests that a person listens for something which calls out to him. Today this terminology is used only when we refer to someone going into some type of religious service. For example, John feels that he is called to become a pastor. For the rest of us vocation refers only to a particular occupation, business, or profession.
Vocation could be work that is outside your wage-earning sphere of activity. For example, a businessperson might have a vocation as a youth sponsor or Sunday school teacher. A teacher might have a vocation as a mentor or worship leader. But vocation may also coincide with career or grow out of a specific career path. The vocation of a doctor or nurse might be “healer.” The vocation of a dietician might be “nourisher.” More stable and permanent over a lifetime.
The careerist drives meaning not from the nature of work itself but from the gratification that comes from advancing through the ranks and earning promotions.
People who embrace the motto, “Everybody’s working for the weekend.” They live for breaks, for vacation. The job is simply a means to the end: a paycheck. They need it to support their family. A job is something short-term that we do for money. We often hear the phrase “dead end job” when people talk about their work. There’s no long-lasting fulfillment or happiness from a job.
23. Talk about the design of the cover of the book.
The winding road illustrates several concepts hammered home through Quarter-Life Calling. It conveys the confusing journey twenty-somethings are navigating in their season of life. At the same time it’s meant to evoke a sense of adventure, illustrating Paul’s pursuit of God’s call on his life and the same pursuit he challenges his readers to engage in.
24. What effective habits should young leaders learn?
- Meditate on the Word day and night. My identity, faith, legacy and my very purpose flows out of what I believe and in whom I believe. The BIBLE is a Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. The more you immerse yourself in the Word, your 20’s will be grounded with an unshakable foundation.
- Practice a stop-doing list. Management guru and author of “Good to Great” Jim Collins asks a great question, “If you woke tomorrow morning and discovered you inherited $20 million, and had discovered you also had terminal disease with 10 years to live, what would be on your stop-doing list?”
- Choose your friends carefully. They will either help you grow or inhibit your long-term potential. One of my mentors told me, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
- Begin with the end in mind. Stephen Covey was right. Where does God want you in the next 20 to 30 years in life? Paint a visual, compelling vision. Rewind back to where you are today and ask yourself, “What do you need to do and be in order to become the person God desires?”
- Read great books. Here’s a good list to start off with. Oswald Sanders said it best: “If a man is known by the company he keeps, so also his character is revealed in the books he reads.” It’s not about who reads the most books, it’s about who reads “great” books and how the content transforms you.
- Traveling gives life perspective. Augustine once said, “The world is a book. Those who do not travel read only a page.” I had the privilege of traveling numerous countries and it has served me well. I have realized how I am a frog in a small pond and helped me to realize while people are so different, we are essentially the same.
- Journaling. I started journaling since I was 14. Though it started off as an assignment from my ESL program, I am grateful I continued this habit. As I look at my writings, I was able to relive my past experiences both good and bad. I hope to use this information to write my autobiography one day.
- Practice 10,000 hours. When I was 14, my singular goal was to master the English language. For the next 10 years, I put 10,000 hours into memorizing vocabulary, reading countless books, making presentations. In hindsight, though it was sometimes grueling, putting in the hours has served me well.
- What is your questions-to-statements ratio and can you double it.
25. What encouragement or advice do you have for millennials?
Before you know who you are, know whose you are. That is you were once enslaved by the world, the flesh and had no hope. However, God who loves you so much decided to buy you into His possession. He sent His only son, Jesus Christ to die for your sins, my sins on the cross. That’s the hefty price – the blood of Christ Jesus. He loves you so much that he has adopted you as His son. He calls you His workmanship. It says in Ephesians, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.The work workmanship means that we are handcrafted by God. In Greek, workmanship is poeima, which means “work of art.” This is where we get our English words poem and poetry. In essence, we are God’s poem in motion. How beautiful is that!
The work workmanship means that we are handcrafted by God. In Greek, workmanship is poeima, which means “work of art.” This is where we get our English words poem and poetry. In essence, we are God’s poem in motion. How beautiful is that!
Rick Warren tells the story when he visited a prison where he spoke to approximately five thousand inmates. Nobody was paying attention to him. He was standing on an even ground with no stage, just a microphone that could be heard throughout the entire prison. He pulled out a fifty-dollar bill, held it up, and said, “How many of you would like this fifty-dollar bill?” Five thousand hands went up. He had everybody’s attention. Then he crumpled it in his hand, tore it a bit, and said, “How many of you would still like this fifty-dollar bill?” Five thousand hands went up. Then he spat on the fifty-dollar bill, threw it on the ground, stomped it in the dirt, and held it up? And said, “How many of you would like it now?” Five thousand hands went up.
Then Rick Warren said, “now for many of you, this is what your father did to you. You’ve been mistreated. You are abused. You are misused. You were told that you wouldn’t amount to anything. You’ve done a lot of dumb things too. You sinned. You’ve done some crimes, and you’re paying for them. You’ve been beaten. You’ve been torn. You’ve been dirty, but you have not lost one cent of your value to God.”
26. What’s your vision?
My vision is to raise up a generation of Christian leaders in the seven mountains of culture. I want to see the world turned right side up where godly men and women shining the light in the various spheres of influence. I pray we’ll see more people like the Mark Burnett’s and Roma Downey’s who are bringing the Bible into Hollywood. Tim Tebow and Jeremy Lin’s who are acting as salt and light and keeping their integrity in the pride-ridden sports culture. I’m praying to see the more people like James Dobson, the founder of Focus on the Family who had the vision to help families thrive by building healthy marriages that reflect God’s design and for parents to raise their children according to morals and values grounded in biblical principles. Imagine how the world would look different if we had more people like Ravi Zacharias in the mountain of religion where he touches both the heart and intellect of the thinkers and opinion-makers of the society and to reach those who shape the ideas of a culture with the credibility of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
27. How do you glorify God at work?
Show Your Love at Work
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” Share your knowledge, share your network, and share your compassion.
Do Excellent Work
When you the word Christian before anything, whether it is Christian art, Christian movies, Christian novel, it brings up a connotation that the work is subpar. As a faithful steward, our way to be salt and light of this world is to excel in this world by leveraging our time, talent, resources and creativity for the common good.
God Wants You to Work Hard
Like excellent work, Christians ought to be an example where we lead by example – where we put in the hours and practice diligence in every sphere of life. Take your work seriously. Exude the Christian work ethic.
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