Calling – and the stuff that drives you nuts

I love this snippet of wisdom from Phil Cooke yesterday, What drives you nuts? How to find your purpose. Some people seem to spend their lives pursuing a calling with real passion; others struggle to get going or even to recognise what it is that might spur them into action. Phil’s solution? Ask yourself, “What drives me nuts?”

“Let me offer a suggestion. I’ve discovered that in many cases, the thing you hate the most, is probably the problem God has called you to fix. In other words, what do you hate? What drives you nuts? I believe the key to your destiny could be found in the answer to that question.”

It seems entirely reasonable that the good desires in our hearts are placed there by God and that his frustration with a broken world flows over into our hearts.

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Eph 2:10

A little frustration may be what it takes to get us going.

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3 Responses to Calling – and the stuff that drives you nuts

  1. sally says:

    seems too contradictary to me Tim- I believe we spend too much energy looking for things that make us uncomfortable and forget that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts ( not selfish of course)… where is my passion? it is worth asking ourselves that question!

  2. Tim Abbott says:

    Sally – Thanks for this. I agree in that I’d be a bit concerned if frustration was the sole arbiter of calling. That way maybe lies a kind of driven anger that gets things done, but badly.
    However, I can appreciate that as part of a healthy process of discerning God’s calling and purpose in our lives it can sometimes be helpful to look at those things where we feel ‘this is wrong’. Much passion is actually a passion to change something so that it better reflects God’s will for people and his world, for example serving the poor, sharing the message of the gospel, promoting health or healing, caring for the environment or seeking to lead people from lifestyles or worldviews that keep them blinded to Christ.
    Our passion for mission comes not just from our understanding and experience of the joy and benefit of salvation but also from a frustration that ‘The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ’. (2Cor 4:4)
    I think your comment rightly flags up the danger of just looking at frustrations – there are so many! But in an appropriate pastoral setting I still think there’s a place for asking, “could the thing that drives you nuts actually be something God is sharing with you and has placed on your heart.” I believe that God not only fulfils/answers the desires of our hearts, but also gives us those desires in the first place. And sharing a little godly frustration may actually be part of what it means to ‘have the mind of Christ’. (1Cor 2:16)

  3. sally says:

    Oh yes I’m in full agreement with you there Tim- thats why I work where I do- but I also believe there is a balance and peace and joy are spiritual fruits which we need to be able to sense growing through the frustrations- if not we might just be in the wrong place!

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