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The Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments help us embody our new creation and our new names found in Christ. At church as well as our school, work places, and families we are given new life. But in order to fully experience this we need structure and guidance.  Because if it was totally up to us we will get something wrong or do something we shouldn’t — basically we will sin.

The Ten Commandments

Because in each of our lives there is some misplaced desire, some grief, some reckless act that takes over where our new selves ought to be, and we find ourselves lost afraid maybe even confused as to how we got there and where to go next.

Find Your Calling

Do you ever get tired of hearing people talk about how it is to chase your dream? Well, that’s easy to say when you don’t have kids. But what about those of us who struggle to fight for just a few minutes of solitude per day?  What does chasing your passion look like then?

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It took me a long time to find my dream.  Going to college I wanted to be a professional tuba player.  However that dream changed, and changed, and changed again.  It was another six years before I heard my calling to go to seminary to be a pastor.

As a pastor I love what I do, but reading good books about calling help affirm my decisions.

That’s what the newest book by Jeff Goins is all about. In The Art of Work, he gives us another way of looking at our lives and work. “Sometimes,” he says, “all the little things in life aren’t interruptions to our calling. They are the most important part. ”

If you haven’t heard of Jeff Goins, he has quickly built an online business, quit his job, and starting living his dream. But he’s also a dad, husband, and committed guacamole connoisseur. In other words, Jeff isn’t just about the work.

And throughout the book he interviews inspiring, everyday people like Ginny Phang, who found her calling in the midst of being a single mom, trying to make ends meet. For Ginny, family wasn’t what kept her from her life’s purpose. It’s what helped her discover it in the first place.

Back in the day you got a job as a teacher, mechanic, or accountant and that’s what you did for the rest of your life.

Your vocation was your identity. And for many, it still is.

Think about when you meet someone new. You ask them to tell you about themselves. What’s one of the first 5 sentences out of their mouth?

“I’m a _____.”

Some of us find safety and security in this norm, while it terrifies others.  I think for most of us we identify somewhere in between.

This is a book unlike any other, and the best part about it? It’s FREE when you preorder it today (just pay shipping).

Finding your calling in life, Jeff argues, isn’t just about doing something. It’s about becoming someone. And The Art of Work will help you figure that out — in the midst of everyday life.

The Art of Work, Jeff explores the concept of a “calling”. He shares real life stories of every day people who accomplished extraordinary things while providing practical insights and guidelines for discovering the work you were meant to do.

ArtOfWorkThe Art of Work is organized into 7 primary themes:

  1. Awareness
  2. Apprenticeship
  3. Practice
  4. Discovery
  5. Profession
  6. Mastery
  7. Legacy

Learn more about what these mean and how to find your calling in Jeff’s new book!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

Want to read more?  Get your copy here.

http://www.artofworkbook.com/mcgarry

Names Are Powerful

A name is a powerful thing.  From the very beginning, names have meaning. When God created the world God started to name each thing as it is made, as if it’s not complete until it has a name.

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Over and over in Scripture, God is said to know the names of God’s people. My absolute favorite scripture passage is Isaiah 43 “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” 

Knowing that God loves me and cares for me so much that He knows me by name, and that he has claimed me is amazing!!  

F is for Forgiveness

Forgiveness is something we desperately need in our lives.  By nature we tend to hurt each other and our selves by the decisions that we make.  We are at the same time both saints and sinners.  To understand what we are doing and why is important to be able to connect with one another and with God.

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Author Phillip Yancey writes in his book What’s So Amazing about Grace a story about a prostitute who went to a counselor for help. The counselor and the prostitute talk about her needs and then the counselor asked if she had ever thought of going to a church for help. The counselor said “I will never forget the look of pure, naive shock that crossed her face. ‘Church!’ she cried. ‘Why would I ever go there? I was already feeling terrible about myself.  They’d just make me feel worse!'”

My 11 Year Old Son

I have an 11 year old son!  It’s hard for me to believe that my son is 11 years old.  It seems like only yesterday I was holding him in my arms, trying to figure out how to be a father.  What a journey it has been.

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Logan has lived in nine different homes, six different churches, four different schools  and three different states.  He has played football and soccer, taken swimming lessons, gone to eight weeks of summer camp and has participated in countless number of Vacation Bible Schools.

Being a PK (pastor’s kid) has its advantages and disadvantages.  Logan has walked through life with enough confidence, energy and grace to make me proud.  He is so much like me that it both excites me and scares me. He is his birthday letter: