Thoughts from Mark Sayers and Henri Nouwen

I appreciated this video from Mark Sayers. It is an encouragement to me as I continue to support raise and realize that it (support raising) is perhaps on the lower end of the scale in terms of “amazing”, “glamorous”, or “cool” things I could be doing with my life (whatever those things actually are). Maybe Mark is right in saying that the 20’s should be a time of character development instead of career development and the road to self-actualization by way of that career. I am not sure, but I know for me, the former is definitely the case! I am reading Mark’s book entitled, “The Vertical Self” right now and I highly recommend it! In the meantime, check out this video!

This video also reminds me of something Henri Nouwen has written. He speaks of God’s call and says,

As you come to realize that God is beckoning you to a greater hiddenness, do not be afraid of that invitation. Over the years you have allowed the voices that call you to action and great visibility to dominate your life. You still think, even against your own best intuitions, that you need to do things and be seen in order to follow your vocation. But you are now discovering that God’s voice is saying, “Stay home, and trust that your life will be fruitful even when hidden.” It is not going to be easy to listen to God’s call. Your insecurity, your self-doubt, and your great need for affirmation make you lose trust in your inner voice and run away from yourself. But you know that God speaks to you through your inner voice and that you will find joy and peace only if you follow it. Yes, your spirit is willing, but your flesh is weak.

Thankful to God for this time of greater hiddenness and season of forging character. Hope that this was helpful in some way!