Category Archives: Vocation

The Heady Strangeness of God’s Calling

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. —From the Christian scriptures, John 3:8   Last year, with no warning, my writing changed. For the previous […]

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Why Didn’t God Make Us More Significant?

Last year I turned 60. That’s two-thirds of the way through my natural lifespan, if my genetics are any indication. The milestone led me to an insight that likely hits most people at some point: When all is said and done, my contribution to the world will be tiny. Very, very tiny. That’s true for […]

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Downsides of the News Blackout

Two months ago I wrote about my latest idea for a news blackout. (It’s more of a dark-brownout, really.) So how’s it going? Well, my blood pressure’s probably down. My anxiety level certainly is. I’m more focused on what I’ve been called to do: prayer, writing, spiritual direction, the occasional money-making project. There’s also an […]

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What Would Happen If You Dropped Everything?

What if you were asked to drop everything and go in a different direction? It’s amazing how often this crops up in ancient stories. To wit: The Hebrew prophet Jonah preaches destruction to the Assyrian city of Nineveh; the inhabitants drop what they’re doing and repent of their wickedness. Jesus calls a couple of fishermen […]

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