The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Quotes on Vocation and Calling

N.T. Wright, in Simply Christian:

I do not think that Jesus “knew he was divine” in the same way that we know we’re cold or hot, happy or sad, male or female. It was more like the kind of “knowledge” we associate with vocation, where people know, in the very depths of their being, that they are called to be an artist, a mechanic, a philosopher.  p.119

 Peter Gomes in  Strength for the Journey:

Now, I have nothing against vocation; I am not antivocational; I hope that everyone has a job.  I am certainly glad that I have a job, and a wonderful job; but a job, my dear friends, is not a life. p. 109

 Tom Long and Thomas Lynch in The Good Funeral:

Burning bushes are almost never as dramatic in actual experience as they seem in Scripture. The call to ministry is rarely a Star Wars moment. Instead, the burning bush turns out to be a book we read, a speaker we heard, a tugging at our heart that won’t go away, a chance comment made by the person seated next to us on the flight to Akron, a random observation by a friend. And burning bush experiences are not confined to the clergy. There are burning bushes aplenty in the middle of every one of life’s desert. God, it seems, has everybody’s number and is constantly making calls, summoning us beyond ourselves to some holy vocation. p. 40

  Brian J. Mahan in Forgetting Ourselves On Purpose:

The idea of vocation is worth liberating from night school. p. 9

 Hugh Walpole, A Biography by Rupert Hart-Davis:

If you are uncertain of which of two paths to take, choose the one on which the shadow of the cross falls.

Stanley Hauerwas in Christianity: It’s an Adventure:

What we do when we educate our kids to be happy and fulfilled is to absolutely ruin them.  Parents should say to their kids, “What you want out of life is not happiness but to be a part of a worthy adventure. You want to have something worth dying for.” It’s awful when all we have to live for is ourselves.

 Emmet Fox in Your Heart’s Desire:

Already in your past life from time to time, God has whispered into your heart just that very wonderful thing, whatever it is, that he is wishing you to be, and to do, and to have.  And that wonderful thing is nothing less than what is called Your Heart’s Desire.  Nothing less than that.  The most secret, sacred wish that lies deep down at the bottom of your heart, the wonderful thing that you hardly dare to look at, or to think about—the thing that you would rather die than have anyone else know of, because it seems so far beyond anything that you are, or have at the present time, that you fear that you would be cruelly ridiculed if the mere thought of it were known—that is just the very thing that God is wishing you to do or to be for him.  And the birth of that marvelous wish in your soul—the dawning of that secret dream—was the Voice of God himself telling you to arise and come up higher because he had need of you.

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