Group Discussion Guide: Whole-Life Calling

Lesson 3 — Whole Life Calling

  1. Dan argues that our primary calling is to Christ, who is himself the center out of which all our other vocations should flow.

    • If you had an honest look at your life, who or what is at the center? What’s holding it together?

    • How would it change your life if you made Jesus Christ the center that holds everything else together?

  2. By using the story of Abram’s call, Dan shows us that the “what” and the “how” of vocation are of vital importance, but the most critical question is why we are doing what we’re doing and who we’re becoming as we do it.  

    • Rowan Williams reminds us that we’re responsible only for becoming ourselves, not for becoming somebody else. Think about your unique giftings and experiences. Who is God calling you to be? What makes you most fully you?

    • Think about the daily tasks that make up your life. Why do you do what you do each day?

  3. Dan shares out of his own experience to illustrate why it can be so toxic to tie our identities too closely to what we do for a living. Instead, he challenges us to define vocation more broadly.

    • When we meet someone new, one of the very first questions we ask is, “What do you do?” This shows how tightly wrapped up our identities in our occupations. Why do we have a tendency to reduce our identities to our jobs?

    • Think about all of the different hats you wear in your life. What are your multiple vocations? Where do you find your identity?

    • As a thought exercise, answer the following question in one sentence: Who are you?