Finding Your Life Calling – M.Perman

Whats Best Next -PermanOn this Labor Day holiday weekend in the U.S., we as Christians ought to be thinking about the meaning, value, and purpose of work. To assist us in this, we will take another look at Matt Perman’s book What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done (Zondervan, 2014).

I recently read the next chapter (twelve), where Perman continues the third section of his book on “gospel-driven productivity.” We recall from our last post that this section is the “define” part, where Perman says that if being productive is knowing what’s important and doing it next, we have to define what is most important in life.

Included in this is not only laying out a mission statement (chapter eleven) but also defining our life goal. That is the subject of this twelfth chapter. This is how Perman defines one’s “life goal”:

A life goal is what most people mean when they talk about finding your calling in life. It is the chief objective you are seeking to accomplish with your life. Life goals are analogous to what James Collins calls ‘Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals’ in business and nonprofits. A life goal is a large and almost overwhelming cause toward which everything else in your life is marshaled (p.171).

Perman has some good practical points to make in this brief chapter, especially in answer to the question “What if you don’t know your life goals?” Part of his seven-pronged answer includes these last two:

6. Stay faithful in prayer! Don’t just try to figure things our on your own. As with all planning, involve God and make him the center (Prov.16:3). You are not the captain of your ship. God determines what happens to you and where your ship goes, and he is a good God who looks out for you and is eager to make your life count for his glory and his people’s good. That is always true, but if you take it for granted by not involving him in thinking through your plans and pleading with him in prayer, the course you are on will suffer: ‘You do not have, becuse you do not ask’ (James 4:2).

7. Take action and commit. You shouldn’t be thirty years old and still trying to figure out what to dow ith your life. Don’t live in your parents’ basement playing video games all day while you ‘figure out your life’s aim.’ Get involved in the world of work, get a job that is challenging and calls on the best of you, and live your life. Don’t be aimless, even while seeking to discover your chief aim in life. Do something. Not something to bide the time, but something meaningful, and you will discover your life goal on that course (p.177).

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