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Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra’s article, “How John Piper’s Seashells Swept Over a Generation” describes how Piper’s forty-minute Passion Conference talk changed the lives of thousands. On a gray, overcast afternoon on May 20, 2000, Pastor John Piper, a keynote speaker at the Passion Conference, waited to speak to more than 40,000 college students. Piper was anxious as he pictured speaking to this large crowd. ...
“ The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet ” is one of the most quoted and most useful definitions of Christian calling. It was written by Frederick Buechner, a minister, theologian, and popular writer who died on August 15, 2022 at the age of 96. Having written 40 books, he was a favorite author of many people. In a 1996 interview, he said of his writing,...
Mid-Year Life Calling Checkup: What is God Calling You to Do in the Second Half of 2022?   Mid-Year Life Calling Checkup July 2 was the middle point of the year. On that date, there were 182 days before and 182 after that date. As of today, there are 152 days left in the year. How have the first 213 days of the year gone for you?  This midpoint of the year can be an opportunity to access important life categories...
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions in January?  Is it hard to even remember? Most of us have experienced making New Year's resolutions and then finding a month later it is hard to even remember what we wanted to change!  Perhaps one of your resolutions was to find work that is rewarding, fulfilling and a calling from God.  And yet, a month later you have made no progress and wonder if it is even possible to find...
Introduction The worldwide pandemic has led to costly losses for so many people. In the United States alone, almost 600,000 people have died from COVID-19, with many more possibly permanently harmed. Our economy came to a halt; students missed out on a year of face-to-face schooling; families were separated which led to isolation and loneliness. In the face of these hardships, we may question what good God can bring from the pandemic in...
Are you wrestling with a career decision, not sure which path to take? Are you wondering which direction the Lord desires you to go? If so, you are not alone! Many Christians struggle with making career decisions at various points in their lives. For example, when Kay Marie was a sophomore in college, and a fairly new Christian, she desired with her whole heart to do what God wanted her to do with her life. As a communication major, she...
Gallup's State of the Global Workplace Report 2021 describes how the pandemic has decreased job engagement with "roughly seven in 10 employees struggling or suffering, rather than thriving, in their overall lives."  As defined by Gallup, an employee is engaged at work if they “are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.” The report describes the negative emotions that these people are...
No young person ever says, "I want to be stuck in a career rut when I grow up," yet that is exactly where many working adults find themselves. How about you? Is it getting harder to make yourself get out of bed in the morning? Do you feel like you are just playing a role as you go through your workday? Do you wish you were excited about your work instead of struggling to endure it? Or, perhaps COVID-19 has left you feeling like your plans for...
Are you seeking to make a career change and wondering what God is calling you to do next?  Are you between jobs and want to make wise career decisions?  Or, are you a student planning your initial career path and wondering how you can best serve God with your gifts? Whatever your situation, is it is important to know the future trends in the job market for jobs that are of interest to you.  Job market trends give you a good...
  Do You Have These 10 Traits and Skills Needed for Ministry Jobs? When you are targeting specific jobs with ministries (such as pastor, teacher, counselor, missionary, evangelist, church administrator, nonprofit director and others), it is important to identify the key skills and traits that ministries are seeking. Ministries differ in terms of their size, theology, denomination and location, yet there are consistent traits and...
 COVID-19 has impacted everyone’s career during this pandemic and the changes continue coming in 2021.  More people are working remotely than ever before.  Zoom meetings have become commonplace for staff meetings and classrooms.  A large number of people have lost their jobs as employers struggle to survive.  Many people have been forced to change careers as their industry has been especially hard hit. ...
“We are the New Busy. We are redefining busy Because we know that having a full calendar means having a full life.” –Hotmail advertisement “Busyness…can be a way to avoid God, the meaning of life, and life itself.” –Sidney Macaulay   COVID-19 and Busyness Many online articles attempt to answer the question, “How can I stay busy when I am stuck at home during the...