There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

calling and some dramatic distortions of it

callingchart.pnghere’s my attempt at summarizing the definition and the dimensions of calling I tried to get across last Sunday. To have a calling is to have multiple callings, since life is a multi-faceted thing–a range of responsibilities in a variety of domains, a series of seasons and changing circumstances. Special thanks to Charles Drew and the early manuscript of his book, A Journey Worth Taking, for the substance here.

This week, I’d like us to look at three film clips–films

you’ve likely seen–which depict some poignant and yet distorted versions of calling–calling as that which compels us to act in the ways we do. We’re made to want certain things desperately–meaning, purpose, significance. Too often we pursue those needs from that which cannot sufficiently supply them. All these films, I think, accurately portray what we most deeply feel, what we most deeply desire. And each of them show where the pursuit of such things without proper context can lead you.

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