In my previous post, Clues to Your Calling, I referred to an article, The Call, written by Rabbi Sacks in which he shared the four characteristics to discovering your calling.
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I often had questions. How do I differentiate between what I am good at, what I do, and what I am called to do?
That was a hard question for me to answer. I love stories and in his talk, Rabbi Sacks told shared a personal revelation which resonated with me. He said –
“I have known great judges who were also brilliant pianists.
Wittgenstein trained as an aeronautical engineer but eventually dedicated his life to philosophy.
Ronald Heifetz qualified as a doctor and a musician but instead became the founder of the School of Public Leadership at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
We can be good at many things, but what gives a life direction and meaning is a sense of mission, of something we are called on to do.”
And what is the real test for a calling?
“The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves” ~ Logan Pearsall
All real achievement requires back-breaking preparation. The most common estimate is 10,000 hours of deep practice.
Are you willing to pay this price?
~ Rabbi Sacks
Keep it 100
One love, One Spirit
- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, The Call (Vayikra 5778), Rabbisacks.org
How does one find out what their calling, their vocation, or their destiny is?
This is a question I battled with and sometimes still battle with.
It is quite a journey and for me it has been hard and it has taken me over 8 years to put – some of it – together. In the beginning, it was blurry. I just knew what page God was on in my book of life and destiny and where in the future he was calling from.
But, like Father Abraham, I had no idea what to do, where to go, or how to go about it. It was a cold call – cold turkey.
My journey has been about learning the nuances of “God’s call to us” and sharing the process. It has involved stepping out of myself to see the work and the hand of the divine working on myself while doing life myself.
It now involves sharing what I have experienced to be the MOST IMPORTANT pieces to keep in mind or work with in order to help friends, family, and others make that practical shift and take action not on their own, but as a community.
That’s why I started this blog.
Recently, while listening to Rabbi Sacks discussing a weekly bible portion on Leviticus, he shared some thoughts and clues to identifying your vocation which I thought was awesome. I saw myself in the process. In his article, he quoted the late Michael Novak in, Business as a Calling: work and the examined life, shared these four characteristics to identifying your calling: Continue reading
And…Its all about timing
I know, I know…sounds like marlarkey – meaningless talk, nonsense…! But, I assure you, it isn’t it.
In the previous post, Your Calling vs. Your Mission, I shared the following quote:
Improving the world around us comes before perfecting our own inner world ~ Mendel Kalmenson
Then I asked the question –
Did you notice the twist in that quote? Well, did you?
Its true. Transformation begins on the inside before it can be expressed on the outside. It only makes sense to work on yourself first before you work on the world. One must blow the flames of God’s word and God’s call in their souls first so that the heat of their fire can bring warmth to those around them.
Do you have to “perfect” yourself first to before improving the world around you? When a house is on fire, anyone who can carry a bucket of water to put out the flame is required to. Continue reading
A calling is a vocation, something other, from your day job or what you do everyday. A calling is God’s call to you from the future. He is already there, sees you as He knows you are capable of becoming if you say – yes – to his ultimate adventure.
It means in your “book of destiny”, God is on Page 898 and seeing you at page 127 is saying to at Page 127,
“Hey there! I know you don’t know me or know what will happen in your life. But, if you focus on this mighty task which I would like for you to consider pursuing in additional to all your other responsibilities and life in general, and if you calibrate your compass to follow this divine map, you’ll meet me on page 898 in the future. Along the way, you will experience me, meet or get to know my Son, and receive help from my Spirit. Are you in?”
When God calls you, it means you are not there yet. You are not that person yet. You are not “it” yet. It means you have a ways to go. But, here’s the sad thing – Continue reading
Suffering brings courage – 1st Female African President (Ellen J. Sirleaf)
Things get tough. You won’t always feel like yourself. You may feel overpowered by unwanted thoughts. You may lack the strength to encourage yourself in the Lord. You may lack the motivation to be relentless.
1) Even so, keep pushing, keep talking. If necessary, “Be still and know…” just be still for its own sake. Say nothing. Do nothing. Just be.
2) Big decisions are a culmination of small actions. Just do them – do the little things.
3) In the words of Rabbi Sacks, “First build a future. Only then can you mourn the past. If you reverse the order, you’ll be trapped in the past.”
4) If you are already trapped in the past, only one thing’s left for you Continue reading
Making decisions is a humbling process, especially if they’re are BIG. Great leaders (Churchill, MLK, Gandhi, Mandela) all had to do it. For it’s in the moment of decision that our destiny is shaped!
You are a great leader. But you have to make big decisions to become great ~ Ish’mael (Destiny Class)
1.) Interestingly, BIG decisions come with equal part sense of EXCITEMENT and TERROR. Like making a big investment, proposing to a loved one, moving to a new city or starting a new venture.
It’s hard to be INDIFFERENT when making these big decisions. If you are truly indifferent, then the decision is probably not big enough. Continue reading
Merry Christmas folks.
You have heard it said, “Words are powerful.”
Well! That is a massive understatement. And this scripture is responsible for damaging that paradigm.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it…The Word became a human being (flesh) and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah (glory).” [John 1;1-5, 14 CJB]
Consider this thought experiment.
Imagine someone approaches you. This person has not said anything yet. Imagine that she has no voice and she is just an incomplete person – just bones, muscles, and ligaments. Pure biology, no voice, just human with no humanity.
This human is just standing there looking at you. Then you are given an assignment to make those bones live again. But, you are to do it using only words. What would you do? What would you say?
How do you make a human being of that human? How do you cause this human to come alive and truly live up to their full potential? How do you do it with your words only?
Your words are not just powerful. Your word is a human being. Your words are human beings
And here’s the ultimate proof – Continue reading
Hello fam –
How was your weekend? I hope you had a refreshing one. Tell me about it in the comments. Today, I want to share a little Monday motivation. So, I’ll get right to it.
This is how Genesis 12 begins –
“Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen 12:1-3).”
That voice was wind, the still small voice, the voice of the Almighty, calling Abraham from the future to the future (the same voice that calls you). Abraham could have settled and lived a normal life where he was. Instead he chose – mission “impossible” with God.
I guess for us believers –
Destiny – God’s call to us from the future to the future – is the new normal
To meet with the God of destiny, Abraham had to walk into his future. Sure, Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone but He was not told where to go either.
Sound familiar? Continue reading
If you planned on visiting Hollywood and actually did, what would be a memorable experience for you? Would it be –
- Going up to take a photo at the Hollywood sign
- Hiking on the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard – OR –
- Actually walking into or meeting and talking with a Hollywood star?
[Share your answers in the comments]
~ $10 says you go for option 3 ~ (Any wagers?)
But, here’s my point.
A place is NOT about the place: its about the people in that place
[Me and Anthony Anderson chit-chating about life] Continue reading
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