What is God calling me to do?
God calls persons to all kinds of careers, but many Christians struggle to know what God is calling them to do. This series of posts explains a theology of Christian vocation and explains the various aspects of discerning calling. This is new model for considering vocation that I hope will organize and simplify the discernment process. All of the components of discernment that I discuss here have been been said many times by others, but this is a unique and hopefully more simple way to organize those components.
This isn’t just for people considering God’s call to church ministry (pastor, missionary, youth ministry, and so on), but is certainly useful for that. Rather it is a pattern for discerning God’s calling on our lives in every arena, from career to family, to community.
My hope is that youth and college ministers will use these with young people that are actively trying to discern God’s will for their lives. But I also trust that they will be helpful for persons of all ages as they make the most critical decisions of their lives. I am certain that we do not end our quest for God’s call on our lives when we land our first job.
Each post also has Discernment Exercise to help you explore further. These can be done alone or be led by a mentor or group leader.
Table of Contents:
What Am I Called to Do? (Part 10): Pay Attention to Who You Are
What Am I Called to Do? (Part 11): Missio Dei and the Unique You
What Am I Called to Do? (Part 12): Understanding God’s Calling Is Really Easy
What Am I Called to Do? (Part 13): Special Issues For High School and College Students
What Am I Called to Do? (Part 14): Sources For Discovering the Call