Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier





Here’s how Doug Koskela puts it in his new book Calling and Clarity: Discovering What God Wants for Your Life. (It also includes a great quote from Parker J. Palmer!):

…it usually takes significant time, prayer, and communal involvement to discern. While you might wish to run across a billboard that clearly and unmistakably tells you your life’s purpose, it usually doesn’t work that way. Instead, you will find that you need to spend considerable time praying, talking with those who love you and know you well, and paying attention to what you do well and what you enjoy. People often come to discover that their missional calling was present to some extent in their life even before they discovered it. For example, in his book Let Your Life Speak, Parker J. Palmer describes his childhood interest in airplanes. Not only did he enjoy crafting model airplanes, but he also spent countless hours carefully putting together books about aviation. As an adult reflecting back on this interest, he long supposed that he was inclined to be a pilot or an aeronautical engineer. But then he ran across some of these books in a cardboard box and discerned their vocational significance. He writes: “I didn’t want to be a pilot or an aeronautical engineer or anything else related to aviation. I wanted to be an author, to make books — a task I have been attempting from the third grade to this very moment! From the beginning, our lives lay down clues to selfhood and vocation, though the clues may be hard to decode. But trying to interpret them is profoundly worthwhile” (p. 15). To be sure, Scripture indicates that there are times when God makes a calling very clear — but again, those instances are better categorized as examples of direct calling. When it comes to missional calling, the process can be considerably more messy and complicated. . . .

(This is from over at Eerdman’s Publishing Blog)

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