Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith

“The glory of God is the human person fully alive” –Irenaeus

I follow a lot of higher education news and it seems like every day there is a new college list out. I’ve seen lists on which schools have the most beautiful campuses, which schools have the wealthiest alumni, best party schools, etc. But the lists that upsets me the most are the ones that rank colleges or majors based on earning potential. Should anyone really encourage students to choose a major simply based on how much money they can earn?

When I started college I was set on become a medical doctor. It seemed like the sweet life. So I chose Applied Health as my major. A couple of semesters later I had horribly poor grades and utterly unhappy.


Because I chose a career and not a calling. I decided on what I wanted to become, and not who I was. I elected what I wanted to be and not I wanted to learn.

Your calling is a spark inside you that you are incapable of extinguishing. It can be very difficult to describe. Many go searching for a calling, but ultimately your calling is found and created within you.

Courage and Calling by Gordon T. Smith is about finding your calling, but it emphasizes humility and listening; two aspects rarely promoted today.

At times this book can feel a little bit repetitive, but it is definitely a great book about finding the passion God has given you.


“Some of the most important work that God accomplishes in the world is fulfilled by ordinary people doing ordinary work.”

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