Issue 49


A Life of Purpose (video)
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book’s wild success. He explains his belief that God’s intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.

Also from Rick Warren: What Drives Your Life?  Without a clear purpose, explains Rick Warren, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, and even churches, hoping each change will finally fill the emptiness in your heart. If this describes you even a little, the timing of this piece may not be a coincidence.

What Should I Do With My Life? (video) 
A short exercise with lifelong consequences. Gain some clearer vision about what you might be called to do … and how you can do it.

Pursue a Calling, Not a Career 
We don’t seem to talk much about “calling” anymore. Instead, we’re much more likely to think in terms of career. But that can be a trap, says Pastor John Ortberg in this brief but powerful reframing. A calling is something I do for God while a career threatens to become my god.

How Will You Measure Your Life? (video) 
At Harvard Business School they’re discussing the broader meaning of our work and our life. This is an eight minute interview with a legendary but humble professor, Clay Christensen, who is wresting with some of the larger questions.

TOOLKIT: Create Your Tombstone
It sounds morbid and maybe a little creepy, but a number of web sites allow us to boil down our contribution to a few chiseled words on a stone. The exercise may give you some chills, but at the same time, a lot more perspective.