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Theories, examples, assessment, council, history, experience, reflection


3 theories

Scientific, philosophical, strategic



Family, modelers, mentors



Strengths-focus, Temperament-focus, Interest-focus



Personal life coaches, Paraprofessionals, Nonprofessionals



Life mapping, Classic works, Analyzing trends



Circumstantial, Experimental, Job-related



Listening, Praying and Meditating, Journaling


Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I trust your commands. Before I was a icted I went astray, but now I obey your word.

Psalms 119:66-67


Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do.

Philippians 3:17


Each of you should test your own actions. en you can take pride in yourself, without comparing yourself to somebody else, for each of you should carry your own load.

Galatians 6:4-5


Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.

Proverbs 15:22


erefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw o everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, xing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12:1-3


Test everything. Hold on to the good.

1 Thessalonians 5:21


I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago. I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds. Your ways, O God, are holy. What god is so great as our God? You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples. PSALM 77:11-14

Psalm 77:11-14


is process can provide a very effective approach to collecting the events of our lives and trying to make sense of what we collect. We will look at how to do this later on in this book.

Life mapping


The study of human characteristics and dynamics and how this can help us understand what kind of person we are. Psychology, sociology, anthropology, and biology are rich sources of information about what it means to be human.

Scientific Theory


The study of ultimate meaning in the human experience and how this can help us understand the deeper meaning of our life. ese theories are often tied directly into biblical and theological studies.

Philosophical theory


The study of how to create e ective plans for our life and how this can provide us with a road map to follow as we pursue our Life Calling. Leadership and management studies often look at this in relationship to groups of people and organizations. Self-help and career development studies look at this with an individual focus.

Strategic theory


Most people are around their family members more than any other group. If we follow this pattern, we will have the chance to closely observe them in relationship to Life Calling dynamics. We need to be careful, however, that we don’t make the mistake of automatically assuming that our Life Calling will be the same as other members of our family.



As we think of areas of work, family, or service that seem to be drawing our attention as possibly part of our Life Calling, look at people around us who model success in these areas.



One of the real blessings that can come into our life is a trusted counselor or teacher who is willing to walk alongside us as we explore our Life Calling. No matter how old we are, we can learn much from such a person.



These assessments emphasize the measurement of strengths rather than highlighting weaknesses.



These assessments explore personalities by primarily examining attitudes, preferences, emotions, and predispositions.



These assessments, while not totally separate from the characteristics of the other two areas, focus primarily on specific activities, jobs, careers, etc. that have a sustaining attraction to individuals based on their uniqueness.



These are individuals who are trained to help in the exploration process as we search for a Life Calling.

Professional life coaches


These are individuals such as pastors, youth ministers, and teachers. Although they may not be trained specifically in the area of life coaching, they have training in working with people in life development.



Family members and friends often have good advice that can help us understand our life better. eir counsel should not be ignored.



This process can provide a very effective approach to collecting the events of our lives and trying to make sense of what we collect. We will look at how to do this later on in this book.

Life Mapping


The writings of others throughout history can provide valuable lessons to be learned. These authors often provide insights that we would overlook on our own.

Classical Works


This can be an interesting way to approach history when applying it to our lives. What patterns can be seen in the past and are happening right now? And what do these indicate about the future? Though these trends do not lock the future in place, they do help us be prepared for what might happen.

Analyzing Trends


These are experiences that are not necessarily planned, but as they happen to us, we can evaluate them to gain information about our Life Calling.

Circumstantial experience


These are activities that we engage in specifically for the purpose of trying to gain information about our Life Calling. We use these experiences like a laboratory.

Experimental experience


These experiences provide us direct informa- tion from the world of work. Here we can learn a lot about the career aspects of our Life Calling.

Job-related experience


The habit of listening is almost more an art than a habit. Most of us don’t really know how to do it. Even when we think we are listen- ing, we aren’t. Instead, we are judging what the other person is saying and jumping to conclusions about what is being said long before the person has nished the idea, or even worse, we are planning what we are going to say as soon as the other person is nished though the person is still talking. Patiently listening to another person in a nonjudgmental manner is a di cult skill—one we need to work hard to develop.



As we search for our Life Calling through the other sources listed earlier in this section, we need to nd time when we can deliberately and thoughtfully study what we have learned and contemplate deeply on its meaning. is type of thoughtful prayer and meditation requires quiet time, and like listening, this is a di cult habit to develop because of the hectic pace at which most of us live our lives.

Praying and Meditating


Finally, a very e ective way to make re ection a lasting ex- perience and force in our lives is to journal what we are re ecting on in a written form. is usually is done as a daily routine that chronicles occurrences, experiences, observations, or insights encountered during each day. is activity has the added bene t of providing us a source to which we can return when trying to remember re ections we have had earlier in our lives.