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Os Guiness on Vocation

July 3, 2010

The following quotes on vocation have been attributed to Os Guiness:

A sense of calling should precede a choice of job and career, and the main way to discover calling is along the line of what we are each created and gifted to be. Instead of, ‘You are what you do,’ calling says: ‘Do what you are.’

There is not a single instance in the New Testament of God’s special call to anyone into a paid occupation or into the role of a religious professional.

The call of Jesus is personal but not purely individual; Jesus summons his followers not only to an individual calling but also to a corporate calling.

Quotes are from ‘The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life.’ (2003, Word Publishing Group.) Pgs 45, 49, 93. Os Guinness is a writer and moderator for the Trinity Forum. To learn more, visit

To investigate the individual and communal aspects of career, calling  and profession more deeply and personally consider examining the devotional Profession-als: Men and Women Partnering with the Trinity in Everyday Life.

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