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Day 01

The Killer Angels

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I’m currently going through Michael Shaara’s book The Killer Angels, an engaging account of the United States Civil War Battle of Gettysburg from the point of view of several commanding officers.  As the book’s foreword describes, Shaara’s one goal above all others was to leave something behind, something to be remembered for.  Unfortunately, the book had only a lukewarm reception, and even after winning the 1975 Pulitzer Price for Fiction it simply didn’t sell. This was a crushing disappointment for him, and Shaara died in 1988 believing he had failed.  But you have to hear the rest of the story.  In 1993 the movie Gettysburg was released, which was based on his book.  The momentum from the movie propelled The Killer Angels to the top of the New York Times Best Seller List, and it is regarded by many as the finest Civil War novel ever written.

As I reflected on this, it made me think how similar this is to our everyday reality. We long to leave a legacy of significance, to do something great for ourselves or for God’s Kingdom. But often, we don’t see the fruit we expected, or things don’t turn out anything like what we had hoped for. We feel like failures. If only we could read the last chapter, because the story isn’t over. God is not finished yet. Our part is to be faithful in obedience, and the outcome is up to Him. The next time you start feeling the discouragement Michael Shaara experienced, remember Galatians 6:9  …. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

Seeking

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I recently read a blog post from worklife.org about working wholeheartedly, and one paragraph in particular really struck me.  I keep playing the words over in my mind:

Godly success involves a partnership between you and God. Success in God’s economy means achieving the purpose for which God made you. That purpose can never be discovered without seeking Him with a whole heart. You may achieve great things without seeking God, but you will never achieve the things God set out for you to achieve unless you seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you may find yourself one day climbing to the top of the ladder only to find it leaning against the wrong wall.

As I reflected on those words, God brought to mind Matthew 6:33, where Jesus said “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  So much easier to read, than to do.

Click HERE to see the full blog post from worklife.org

Significance

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One of the places I follow is WorkLife.org. They have a number of resources, including  an email that contains a devotional thought and questions to use in small groups.  I wanted to pass along one recent post they shared relating to significance and calling. Enjoy!

 

“Many of us begin our careers with the goal of achieving success. If we haven’t entered our work as a result of God’s calling, we will eventually face a chasm of deep frustration and emptiness. Success flatters but does not provide a lasting sense of purpose and fulfillment. So often we enter careers with wrong motives – money, prestige, and even pressure from parents or peers. Failing to match our work with our giftedness and calling is like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. If that happens over an extended period, a person crashes.

At this time, many make another mistake. Workplace believers think that beginning a new career in “full-time Christian work” will fill the emptiness they feel. However, this only exacerbates the problem because they are again trying to put another square peg into a round hole. The problem is not whether we should be in “Christian work” or “secular work,” but rather what work is inspired by gifts and calling. If there is one phrase I wish I could remove from the English language it is “full-time Christian work.” If you are a Christian, you are in full-time Christian work, whether you are driving nails or preaching the gospel. The question must be: are you achieving the God-given calling for your life? God has called people into workplaces to fulfill His purposes just as much as He has called people to be pastors or missionaries.

It is time for workplace believers to stop feeling like second-class citizens for being in working jobs. It is time workplace believers stop working toward financial independence so that they can concentrate on their “true spiritual calling.” This is the great deception for those called to the workplace.

Significance comes from fulfilling the God-given purpose for which you were made. Ask Him to confirm this in your own life.”

How Faith Shapes Education & Career

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One of our aims with The Antioch Journey is to connect people with some great tools out there that can help them grow, and grow God’s Kingdom through them.

Our friends over at Eternity Bible College are doing a great job of equipping disciple-makers in every vocation.  Although the following video is sort of a “teaser” for their one-year program, the truths shared in it are relevant to all of us.  Check it out:

Created to Create

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If you are trying to envision “Work As Worship”, and what that might look like for you, check out this video from Right Now Media.  Created to Create is one person’s story of being salt and light in the fashion industry.