What quotes come to mind when you think about calling? In the book entitled The Call, Os Guinness writes, “Calling is the key to tracing the storyline of our lives and unriddling the meaning of our existence in a chaotic world.”
- How does understanding one’s call from God bring clarity in a normally confusing life?
Frederick Buechner put it this way, “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the worlds deep hunger meet.”
- Where is the place where your passion and God’s purposes meet?
Think about it. You were made for it. Find you sweet spot and lean into it.
- Have you ever felt like you were made for something more?
Listen for the Call!
In a recent Tedx talk, Dr. Mike Haynie discuss “The Moral Obligation To Know Our Veterans.” He tells a story of a conversation on a plane where a Vet “Tim” says he feels anonymous. Dr. Haynie asks, “Why is Tim anonymous?” and responds “We have disconnected the cost and consequences of war from all of you (referring to his audience).” He continues by explaining that many Veterans feel anonymous because the burden of 12 years of ways has fallen on .5% of the population. Check out a great article from Blue Star Families.
As Chaplains, it is important to know those whom we serve and hear their stories.
It is important to understand their hurts, hopes, and dreams.
As Chaplains, we are called to connect the many “Tim’s” who we encounter with a God who knows him or her.
- How will we as Chaplains help to heal the soul our our Military?
Many Soldiers, Families and Veterans feel anonymous.
Find a way to know them, love them, and help them: It’s our Moral Obligation!
Where do you find graphics for use in your chapel services?
There are paid sites and you can create them yourself, but there are lots of free resources online that you can use as is or tweak for your specific use. Sometimes it is hard as we work at an Army chapel to find professional graphics for our slides and use in promoting our services. Many churches have staff that create material and want to encourage others by giving away their resources. They use the graphics at their church and realize that they can be used by others.
Find Free announcement slides and series graphics from various graphic designers and churches. Check out this article from church relevance.com
What sites have you used for resources at your chapel?
One thought fixed on the mind will be better than fifty thoughts made to flit across the ear. One tenpenny nail driven home and clenched will be more useful than a score of tin-tacks loosely fixed to be pulled out again in an hour.
-Charles H. Spurgeon
C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, 80.
When you think about calling what comes to mind? At Rockport, MA, I began to reflect on Simon’s call and subsiquent name change to Peter or “Rocky.”
If Jesus were to change your name what would it be? Peter’s calling metaphor that embodied his call was “Fisher of Men,” What would yours be?
As you think about your call?
- What is your name?
- What metaphor embodies your call?
- If you have been called are you following?
What does it mean to have a call from God?