Tag: inspirational advice


Sunday Inspiration: Test The Waters (Part 2)

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given.” Gal 6:4 TM

One pastor writes: “I could have taken a hundred gifts and ability tests as a young man and never discovered that I was gifted at teaching, because I’d never done it. It was only after I began accepting opportunities to speak that I saw the results, received confirmation from others, and realized God had gifted me to do this.”

Unless you’re willing to risk getting involved, you’ll never know what you’re good at. Sure you’ll make mistakes—and some of them may be so discouraging you’ll want to give up and not try again. But if you turn your mistakes into learning experiences you’ll not only discover what God has called you to do, you’ll grow and become proficient at it.

Paul writes: “Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that…Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (vv. 4-5 TM).

Then he adds: “Let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit…therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all” (vv. 9-10 TM).

Today take a serious look at what’s left of your life and decide to make it count. Some of the saddest words in life are on a tombstone that reads: “When I came to die, I discovered I had not yet lived.” Don’t let that be said of you!

Source:  https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/test-the-waters-2

Sunday Inspiration: Test The Waters (Part 1)

Welcome to “Sunday Inspiration,” a bi-weekly devotional for those seeking spiritual encouragement in the pursuit of their passions. Each post comes from an outside resource (as referenced). I hope these posts will inspire and motivate you in your life and career in addition to our weekly original blog posts. Enjoy!

“We each have different work to do.” Ro 12:5 TLB

Bob Buford was a successful businessman who felt God calling him to some kind of ministry. He just wasn’t sure what, so he decided to test the waters.

He brought together a group of pastors of large churches to see if they could benefit from the kind of organizational expertise he had. The cost of doing this was low enough that had it been a dead end, he could easily have focused his search elsewhere. If he’d impulsively quit his job as CEO and taken a staff position in a church somewhere, he might have missed his calling and jeopardized his chance to keep searching. As a result, today he has a ministry that literally impacts the world.

Now, you can’t just walk away from your previous commitments. Amos transitioned into the prophecy business while he still had his shepherding job to fall back on. Paul kept his tent-making operation running when he went into church planting.

Discerning God’s will requires time and patience, and most of us have bills to pay and families to take care of. So what should you do? Keep your day job—but test the waters!

And remember you’re not alone. God’s more committed to your success than you are. When you feel like He’s given you the green light, gently push the accelerator and move forward.

Playwright Arthur Miller said: “It’s wrong to remain in a situation you know is a mismatch for you…God didn’t place you on this earth to waste away your years in labor that doesn’t employ His design or purpose for your life, no matter how much you may be getting paid.”

Source:  https://jentezenfranklin.org/daily-devotions/test-the-waters-1

Be Inspired: Advice From Those Boldly Pursuing Their Passions

Be Inspired

This past week I stepped out of my comfort zone by getting in front of the camera for live broadcasts on Periscope (@paNASHstyle). I don’t like being on camera, but I do want to bring to my audience inspiration for pursuing their passions. I’ll try to get on camera on a regular basis, but much of my live broadcasts will be interviews with other people who have boldly pursued their passions, discussing how they faced their fears and their advice for people like you who are trying to pursue their passions.

Inspiration From Others’ Stories

One of the inspirations for this type of broadcast series is the story of a woman who has combined her strengths for conducting research and her passion for helping people. I first heard of Pam Slaton on the news program 20/20. She was being interviewed for her significant work of helping reunite adoptees and their birth mothers (I’m always moved by stories when long-lost family members are reunited – I cry like a baby!).

In working with my clients, I use a lot of career assessments, including the Holland Code. If I had to guess what Slaton’s Holland Code is based on her work, I would guess she is an ISE (Investigative, Social, and Enterprising). Investigative types are those who prefer investigation, research, exploration and discovery. Slaton has a background as a historian and genealogist. Social types are empathetic helpers. Slaton herself was an adopted child and is passionate about helping others find their natural/biological families. Enterprising types are energetic and risk-takers. Slaton is her own boss and works without a staff, putting in hours and hours of her own energy to help her clients.

Watch Live Interviews for Advice

It’s people like Slaton that I want to highlight and show what drives their passions and how they overcome their fears of pursuing those passions. This Wednesday I’ll be scoping my first live interview with a good friend, Neil Newton, the owner of Paddle Up Nashville. He’ll discuss how he and his partner Cindy Sorci discovered a new passion and quickly took it beyond just a hobby to a profitable business. He’ll also discuss the challenges and excitement of starting a new business in the latter part of his career and how it’s never too late to pursue your passions!

paNASH on periscope

Join me (@paNASHstyle) on Periscope this Wednesday at 9am from the docks of Rock Harbor Marina. If you can’t catch the live broadcast, no worries! I’ll be sure to post the recording to my YouTube channel and my Facebook Fan Page.

To find out about other upcoming live interviews, subscribe to our newsletter today and receive a complimentary 8-Step Goal-Achievement Plan.