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The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness
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“We are not wise enough, pure enough, or strong enough to aim and sustain such a single motive over a lifetime. That way lies fanaticism or failure. But if the single motive is the master motivation of God's calling, the answer is yes. In any and all situations, both today and tomorrow's tomorrow, God's call to us is the unchanging and ultimate whence, what, why, and whither of our lives. Calling is a 'yes' to God that carries a 'no' to the chaos of modern demands. Calling is the key to tracing the story line of our lives and unriddling the meaning of our existence in a chaotic world.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“We cannot find God without God. We cannot reach God without God. We cannot satisfy God without God—which is another way of saying that our seeking will always fall short unless God’s grace initiates the search and unless God’s call draws us to him and completes the search.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but also of becoming what we are not yet but are called by God to be.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Modern life assaults us with an infinite range of things we could do, we would love to do, or some people tell us we should do. But we are not God and we are neither infinite nor eternal. We are quite simply finite. We have only so many years, so much energy, so many gray cells, and so many bank notes in our wallets. 'Life is too short to...' eventually shortens to 'life is too short.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“In practice it undermines the transformation of faith. When Christians concentrate their time and energy on their own separate spheres and their own institutions-whether all-absorbing megachurches, Christian yellow-page businesses, or womb-to-tomb Christian cultural ghettoes-they lose the outward thrusting, transforming power that is at the heart of the gospel. Instead of being 'salt' and 'light' -images of a permeating and penetrating action-Christians and Christian institutions become soft and vulnerable to corruption from within.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Calling resists privatization by insisting on the totality of faith. Calling resists politicization by demanding a tension with every human allegiance and association. Calling resists polarization by requiring an attitude toward, and action in, society that is inevitably transforming because it is constantly engaged. Grand Christian movements will rise and fall. Grand campaigns will be mounted and grand coalitions assembled. But all together such coordinated efforts will never match the influence of untold numbers of followers of Christ living out their callings faithfully across the vastness and complexity of modern society.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“calling is the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do, and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. . .”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“The author explores the result of endless choice. It is not only overload, but a profound loss of unity, solidity, and coherence in life.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Somehow we human beings are never happier than when we are expressing the deepest gifts that are truly us.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Either we serve God and use money or we serve money and use God.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Calling is more than purely cultural, but it is also more than purely personal. Discover the meaning of calling and you discover the heart of the gospel itself.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“For while we may debate our freedom to choose, there is no doubt that we are not free not to choose.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“All human beings are alike in seeking happiness. Where they differ is in the objects from which they seek it and the strength they have to reach the objects they desire.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“An “open mind” can be an “empty head,” and “tolerance” can be indistinguishable from believing nothing. These are no help in finding honest answers to honest and important questions.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“In the biblical understanding of giftedness, gifts are never really ours or for ourselves. We have nothing that was not given us. Our gifts are ultimately God’s, and we are only “stewards”—responsible for the prudent management of property that is not our own. This is why our gifts are always “ours for others,” whether in the community of Christ or the broader society outside, especially the neighbor in need. This is also why it is wrong to treat God as a grand employment agency, a celestial executive searcher to find perfect fits for our perfect gifts. The truth is not that God is finding us a place for our gifts but that God has created us and our gifts for a place of his choosing—and we will only be ourselves when we are finally there.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“The secret of a great life is often a man’s success in deciphering the mysterious symbols vouchsafed to him, understanding them and so learning to walk in the true path.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame or money, but even practices it without any hope of doing it well.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“calling in the Bible is a central and dynamic theme that becomes a metaphor for the life of faith itself.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“God calls people to himself, but this call is no casual suggestion. He is so awe inspiring and his summons so commanding that only one response is appropriate—a response as total and universal as the authority of the Caller. Thus”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“The trouble is that, as modern people, we have too much to live with and too little to live for. Some feel they have time but not enough money; others feel they have money but not enough time. But for most of us, in the midst of material plenty, we have spiritual poverty.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Disciples are not so much those who follow as those who must follow.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“To make the choice of career or profession on selfish grounds, without a true sense of calling, is “probably the greatest single sin any young person can commit, for it is the deliberate withdrawal from allegiance to God of the greatest part of time and strength.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“This world is a great sculptor’s shop. We are the statues and there is a rumor going round the shop that some of us are some day going to come to life.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Many lives have a mystical sense, but not everyone reads it aright. More often than not it is given to us in cryptic form, and when we fail to decipher it, we despair because our lives seem meaningless. The secret of a great life is often a man’s success in deciphering the mysterious symbols vouchsafed to him, understanding them and so learning to walk in the true path.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“the modern world has scrambled things so badly that today we worship our work, we work at our play, and we play at our worship.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Much of the greatness of the human spirit can be seen in our passionate pursuit of knowledge, truth, justice, beauty, perfection, and love. At the same time, few things are so haunting as the stories of the very greatest seekers falling short. Leonardo da Vinci's magnificent failures point to a very personal entry point to the wonder of calling - when something more than human seeking is needed if seeking is to be satisfied, then calling means that seekers themselves are sought.”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life
“Our life-purpose therefore comes from two sources at once—who we are created to be and who we are called to be. Not”
Os Guinness, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life

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