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How To Choose a Career: Advice From a Puritan Pastor

How To Choose a Career: Advice From a Puritan Pastor

  “What am I called to?” That’s the question it seems most of us are asking. My friend Nathan is a pastor of young adults, and without a doubt, nearly everybody he knows hates their jobs. The question “What am I called to?” is often followed by “It can’t be this!” The fact that 70% of Americans are disengaged from their work should be cause for concern. But it should also cause us ask better questions – and seek better answers. History can help. Richard Baxter, a 17th century Puritan pastor, answered just such questions about calling from his flock. But he didn’t answer them the way we would. To wrestle down some answers, he first outlined what can’t be a calling, and then gave some plain advice on how to choose a career. What Can’t Be a Calling 1. Sinful or unlawful work can’t be a calling. “Think not that a calling can be lawful, when the work of it is sin; nor that you, or your labor,...

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