Have You Answered the Question and Call of God?

[I] have a question for you:  Have you answered the call of God for your life? It’s a question worth asking. And an answer worth pursuing. For summer reading, I’ve been immersed in the New York Time’s bestselling biography, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in years. It’s also provoked the question and call of God on my life in a deep way.

Metaxas offers a compelling chronicle of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s courageous life as a German pastor who stood up against the Nazi regime at the cost of his own life.

As I read this morning, one quote stood out in particular that I hope will encourage and challenge you. Bonhoeffer writes…

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How to Discover Your Beautiful Strength in Weakness

[A] few years ago, Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton wrote a wonderful book called “Now, Discover Your Strengths.” This bestselling book helps you identify your core strengths so you can focus on building upon your unique talents. I love personal inventory books like this because I’m a life-long learner. (“Learner” is part of my StrengthsFinder profile.) StrengthsFinder by Tom Gath was the followup companion book. Both are excellent books and both sit on my shelf. But what would happen if you were strolling through a Barnes & Noble and your eyes fell upon a book entitled: Now, Discover Your Weakness or it’s companion book, WeaknessFinder? Would you pick it up? Flip through the pages? I don’t know about you, but I’d avoid those books like a coiled rattlesnake. I don’t need a book to identify all my weaknesses. Got that covered, thank you. But what if you found a book that promised to make your weakness your beautiful strength? Read on…