Monday, December 17, 2012

Quotes from the Call by Os Guinness

I've read Os Guinness' book several times...and had stimulating conversations with various groups of students about fact, our senior capstone students at CU are reading it now as they get ready to leave CU...and today I am working on a talk I will give to our first year students on CALLING next semester as they begin to think about careers and life purpose and exactly what they hope their college experience will do in charting the course and mission of their life...

So here's a few quotes from the book that again stand out to me...such profound words...

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.

Our primary calling as followers of Christ is by him, to him, and for him.  Our secondary calling, considering who God is sovereign, is that everyone, everywhere, and in everything should think, speak, live, and act entirely for him.

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 not only be ourselves when we are finally there.

A life lived listening to the decisive call of God is a life lived before one audience that trumps all others—the Audience of One.

God’s call resonates in us at depths no other call can reach and draws us on and out and up to heights no other call can scale or see.

When Jesus calls, he calls us one by one.  Comparisons are idle, speculations about others a waste of time, and envy as silly as it is evil.  We are each called individually, accountable to God alone, to please him alone, and eventually to be approved by him alone. If ever we are tempted to look around, compare notes, and use the progress of others to judge the success of our own calling, we will hear what Peter heard: “What is that to you? Follow me!”

Challenged, inspired, rebuked, and encouraged by God’s call, we cannot for a moment settle down to the comfortable, the mediocre, the banal, and the boring.  The call is always to the higher, the deeper, and the father.

“You see things as they are and ask ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were and ask ‘Why not?’”
-–George Bernard Shaw

“I don’t do big things. I do small things with big love.” -–Mother Teresa

Doing the right thing at the right moment multiplies its effect incalculably.

“You have never talked to a mere mortal.  Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals who we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” –-C.S. Lewis in Weight of Glory

Do you long to rise to the full stature of who you are created to be? To know the passion of the intensity of life at its fullest? To be your utmost for his highest? Listen to Jesus; answer his call.


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